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July 6, 2014

Police protection at Duncan schools tops $93,000

DUNCAN — The Duncan school district will pay the city $93,656 to provide police protection at the high school, middle school and at extracurricular events during the coming academic year, under a contract already approved by school board trustees.

The Duncan City Council will be asked to approve the agreement when it meets at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at Willow and 7th.

The agreement between the school district and the city is the same as last year except for a 3 percent officer pay increase recently approved in the new collective bargaining agreement between the city and the police union.

The police department will provide a full-time officer for Duncan High School and a full-time officer for Duncan Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each school day from Aug. 20 to May 21, according to the agreement.

The officers work under the direction of the school district, which will pay the city $75,446 for the officers’ services, the agreement states.

After-school activities of the officers will be directly compensated by the school district, without any overtime paid by the city, the agreement states.

The Duncan school district also has approved the hiring of police officers to provide security at extracurricular events at a cost of $18,210 to the district.

The school district is billed at a rate of $34.01 per officer and $42.73 per supervisor.

When the district requires three officers at at event, the city requires that a police supervisor also be hired.

The agreement between the city and school district requires that a single police officer be on duty at seventh and eighth grade football games, basketball games, basketball tournaments, wrestling matches and tournaments, a school band concert and a middle school dance.

High school varsity football games and two high school dance will include the presence of a  police supervisor and five officers, according to the agreement.

High school wrestling and high basketball will have two officers present while  junior varsity football, ninth grade football games and high school soccer matches will have one officer on duty.

Two Duncan High School dances and the Duncan High School graduation ceremony will have a police supervisor and five officers present.

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