Brown Co. authorities discuss ideas for school safety

State and local authorities hold a news conference Feb. 27, 2018, at the Brown County Sheriff's Office to discuss school safety. (WLUK)

BELLEVUE (WLUK) -- Following a deadly shooting at Parkland High School in Florida, school security has been in the spotlight.

"We were outraged when this happened, we were literally outraged, drafted the legislation immediately and put it on the floor," said State Rep. John Macco (R) Ledgeview.

Macco says the measure, which has already passed the Assembly, will allow school districts to hire armed officers.

It still needs Senate approval.

He says under the bill, districts could receive grants to help cover the costs, "There's about give or take a couple million. I think it's a 25-million-dollar price tag that would allow us to pay 75-percent of the cost the first year, 50-percent the second year, 25-percent after that. That's the way the initial package is structured."

The bill does not spell out how large the grants would be, or where the state would get the money.

Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith supports the idea, “Make sure that, that shooting in Florida, was the last shooting, and we certainly don't want to see anything like that in our community."

The Department has set a series of open forums for the community to weigh-in on school safety:

  • Saturday, March 10, 10:30 a.m. -Noon in the Preble High School Commons, 2222 Deckner Ave.
  • Childcare will be provided in the Library Media Center for the event.
  • Monday, April 16, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the West High School Commons, 966 Shawano Ave.
  • Parents are asked to call (920) 448-2025 to reserve a spot for their child.

Last week, Chief Smith, along with Green Bay School Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld proposed adding an armed guard outside all the district's schools.

Tuesday, Smith reiterated that saying that would be in addition to the district's current school resource officers, "I see a school resource officer being completely different, that school security officer will have one goal and one job, that's the safety of the kids in that school."

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