The Beaverton Human Rights Advisory Commission released a final set of recommendations on policing to the city in January 2021. Included at the end of their report was a recommendation to defund the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. The cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro provide the on-campus police (SROs) and provide the bulk of the funding. The Beaverton School District (BSD) provides a small amount of funding as well.
The 2021-22 school year in Beaverton has been difficult to say the least. That is the message we're getting both from students and from teachers. There has been a huge increase in classroom disruptions and school violence. People in schools do not feel safe. Yet for some reason, BSD caved to the City of Beaverton and agreed to fund a huge contract to an outside firm to review the program to ensure it was in line with their Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism goals.
Here is the contract BSD signed on December 15th 2021. We did the math for you. This involves 596.5 hours of work for an average hourly rate of $246. For comparison, the State of Oregon had two smaller projects with SeeChange last year and they only paid $140/hour.
Why is BSD paying 75% higher rates for the same TWO PEOPLE who work at SeeChange?
Why is BSD paying higher when their project is much larger? Generally when you can commit to longer engagements, you can negotiate LOWER RATES.
What message is BSD sending to STUDENTS, TEACHERS, STAFF, and PARENTS by even considering removing the SRO Program when safety is such a concern? FYI - the Eugene School District terminated their SRO Program after working with SeeChange on a similar project.
Sorry but... WTF BSD?!?
Includes the RFP documents for this project, the intent to award SeeChange the contract, and the contracts between ODE and SeeChange reference earlier at $140/hr.