Sheriff’s office ended SRO deal with STEM

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Posted 6/4/19

STEM School Highlands Ranch did not have a school resource officer this past academic year. Instead, the K-12 charter school contracted with a private security firm, and a guard was on campus during …

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Sheriff’s office ended SRO deal with STEM

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STEM School Highlands Ranch did not have a school resource officer this past academic year. Instead, the K-12 charter school contracted with a private security firm, and a guard was on campus during the May 7 shooting.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office opted not to renew its contract with STEM after the 2017-18 school year. During that final year of the contract, tension mounted between STEM and the sheriff’s office, documents show.

Sheriff’s office officials said they did not like that STEM was using the SRO largely to direct traffic.

The resource officer became ill toward the end of the school year, and STEM’s executive director, Penny Eucker, requested a credit for the months not served, according to emails released by the sheriff’s office. But according to a report from Lt. Lori Bronner, who oversees Douglas County School District’s resource officers, the sheriff’s office continued to provide services to the school through its SRO and Youth Education and Safety in Schools departments while the assigned SRO was on leave. Ultimately, the sheriff’s office issued a refund to STEM of $6,731.50 for the four months the assigned SRO was absent.

During the 2017-18 school year, STEM and SkyView Academy, another Highlands Ranch charter school, split the services of the resource officer. Each school paid $26,925, the contract shows.

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