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Administrators To Recommend Dissolving Maize Schools Police Department

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Maize Unified School District 266
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In a cost-saving measure, Maize USD 266 administrators will be recommending to the Maize Board of Education that the district dissolve its own Maize Schools police department.

In its place, the district would enter into a memorandum of understanding with the city of Maize police department to provide safety and security services for the district.

Safety will continue to be a top priority for Maize Schools, especially regarding its students.

If approved, the city of Maize's police department would offer the same quality services to the students, employees and schools of Maize USD 266.

The recommendation would include that the Board enter into a memorandum of understanding with the city regarding these safety services.

In February, Maize Schools explained to our community that Gov. Sam Brownback's allotment, announced recently, reduces general fund state aid to schools for the current academic year by 1.5 percent, which amounts to $351,000 for Maize Schools.

Dissolving the Maize Schools police department is estimated to save about $80,000 a year.

District administrators have continued to examine cost-saving options throughout the district and have, in some cases, opted to leave staff vacancies open upon employees' retirements or resignations.