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Saint Paul school board to discuss police contract next week

By: - June 3, 2020 5:52 pm

The Saint Paul school board will discuss its contract with the Saint Paul Police Department at a June 9 meeting, the district announced Wednesday, the day after the Minneapolis school board voted unanimously to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department.

The Saint Paul Police Department provides seven school resource officers for the district, and the contract expires at the end of the month, according to a Saint Paul Public Schools press release. Any action on the contract would take place at a June 23 meeting.

“After George Floyd’s murder, many are questioning the role of the police in our city,” Jeanelle Foster, school board vice chair, said in the release. “The Board plans to review our relationship with the SPPD in light of current events. We are prepared to take action on this important matter with thoughtful dialogue.”

The Minneapolis school board voted unanimously Tuesday to cut ties with the city’s police department in response to George Floyd’s death after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Student activists and community members had long called for the school system to end its relationship with the department, which included staffing some schools with SROs.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a former data reporter for the Minnesota Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.