The City of California Board of Aldermen met at California City Hall for a regular session Sept. 4.
The board revisited the progress of hiring a school resource officer for the Moniteau County R-1 school district. Five years ago, Moniteau County R-1 Superintendent Dwight Sanders began asking questions about hiring a SRO for the district. His vision was to have an officer meet safety concerns if an unforeseen circumstance were to happen at either school building.
"In the past five years, there have been a lot of school shootings," Sanders said. "It would be a great idea for the community to take comfort in knowing that their children have a School Resource Officer, just in case."
The City of California, Moniteau County R-1 School district and the California Police Department have been working together since June to perfect the job description and responsibilities each organization would require of the SRO. While the finer details are still being worked out, a main requirement is constant between all three departments. That is to find an individual who will be "proactive in taking a stance for school safety." Communication between the City of California and the Moniteau County R-1 School district regarding an SRO is ongoing.
The council also reviewed ward maps of California concerning redistricting the territories. The main issue the council found was how the population density has changed since the last census. With this change in population, the board discussed how this could affect voting numbers in the changing wards. A decision on how to move forward will be made at the October meeting.
In other business: