Burlington School Board supports funding for 2 resource officers

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Burlington School Board Thursday voted to recommend that the two school resource officer positions in the district remain funded in the upcoming city budget.

But the measure stipulates that the Burlington Police must collaborate with the board and district to make adjustments to what role the officers play this upcoming school year.

Much of the community discussion during Thursday's public meeting came from those who supported removing the officer positions, saying that armed police cause trauma for some students, especially minority students.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is proposing a 10% police budget cut, but protesters and the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance are demanding a 30% reduction in officers, including the elimination of school resource officers. The Burlington City Council will make its decision on the city's budget on Monday.