WAPS Board Directs Freiheit to Examine Partnership With WPD
TJ Leverentz | Jun 16, 2020 AT 10:51 am
(KWNO) The Winona Area Public Schools Board has directed Superintendent Annette Freiheit to examine the district’s relationship with the Winona Police Department.
“The board directed me to look into the feasibility of ending our school resource officer agreement with the Winona City Police and about what we need to do in place of that. More so in the idea of addressing what student needs are and how we can support that,” said Freiheit during an interview on KWNO’s In the Know Tuesday.
The board also tasked Freiheit with examining the school’s student support services. The directives come after WAPS reached its second settlement in two years with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights over discrimination allegations.
WAPS alumni and community activists held a demonstration Saturday at the High School where they called for the district to terminate its relationship with the WPD and redirect the funding for student resources. Freiheit attended the demonstration where alumni shared what she described as "disturbing" and "disheartening" stories of discrimination they experienced within the district.
Freiheit says hearing from students will be key in crafting polices and support services.