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“”LA CROSSE, Wis., (September 22, 2020) – The School District of La Crosse will host a second virtual open forum for members of the community to discuss the district’s ongoing review of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program.

The program review is being used to determine if the existing partnership will continue, be modified, or eliminated. The current SRO contract between the district and the City of La Crosse expires in June of 2021.

The forum will be held on Monday, October 12, at 6:00 pm. The event will be virtual, open to the public, and available at this link:

Community members interested in speaking at the forum should register by calling the superintendent’s office at 608.789.7659, or via email at Prospective speakers should register by 4:30 p.m. on October 12. Registered speakers will be given five minutes to speak during the forum.

“We know there are many in our district who support the SRO program and many who feel SROs should be removed from schools,” said Dr. Engel. “This open forum will give our community an opportunity to speak for themselves and allow others to hear the diverse viewpoints that are present.”

After the second public forum, the next steps in the SRO program review will include an analysis of local, state, and national data, a continued review of published literature on SRO programs, and gathering of local data through surveys and interviews.

The Board of Education has charged district administration with providing a recommendation on the future of the SRO program no later than November 16, 2020.

For more information of the SRO program review, please visit:

Video from the previous SRO community forum held on September 14, can be found here: