PITTSBURG — The heat and air project at Pittsburg High School is on schedule and going as projected, the USD 250 Board of Education was told on Monday.

The high school’s leaking pipes have been removed and new ones are coming in soon. LED lighting will be replacing the old lights in all of  the classrooms and ventilation is updated. The projected completion of the heating and air project is in August before school starts.

Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak, proposed adding another School Resource Officer to the district — specifically for the elementary schools.

“The SRO’s have represented the school well and have been an advocate for students,” Peak said. “They have engaged with students in a positive way.”

Peak said the current SRO’s are spread thin and have to float in between schools as needed. He also said having another officer will reduce compensation issues.

USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown asked the elementary principals how they currently utilize officers.  

Lakeside Elementary School Principal Rhonda White said the officers have developed positive relationships with students.

All four of the elementary principals agreed with White and added that the officers maintain security, they are there when a student needs to be transported and the parents appreciate the crossing squad. 

The principals also said some students have a negative perception of law enforcement and the SRO’s involvement helps make it more positive.

The board also discussed the condition of Meadowlark’s gym floor, which is 15 years old. The floor will be replaced for $23,550.

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.