The Higley Unified School District is asking Gilbert for help in getting more school resource officers.
The district has only one Gilbert police officer assigned to Higley High School. There are no officers assigned to the district’s six K-8 schools and Williams Field High School, which opened in the fall with freshmen and sophomores.
“We need one per high school, and maybe two to cover the K-8 schools,” said district Superintendent Joyce Lutrey, adding two officers could cover three schools each.
Lutrey and Higley school board members discussed the issue Thursday night in a joint meeting with the Gilbert Town Council and officials.
Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman said the lack of officers in the Higley district is “clearly a security problem.”
“Kids don’t have the same level of respect for adults” than they used to, Berman said.
Town Councilwoman Linda Abbott, who is also a history/government teacher at Mesquite High School in the Gilbert Unified School District, said she sees “a lot of difficult situations in our schools.”
“With such gaps in the lack of coverage, we all know the affects it has on all of us,” she said.