Public Forum: Monday, November 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

The Somerville School Committee’s Special Policing Subcommittee is holding a public forum, via Zoom, on Monday 11/14 at 6 p.m. There will be a brief presentation followed by an opportunity to make public comment. Past meeting documents, slideshows and meeting notes are available below. Constituents may also leave comments using the Special Policing Subcommittee Form, if they aren’t able to attend the meeting. A Zoom link for the meeting will be available on this page and on the School Committee Meeting page prior to the public forum. Constituents with questions should contact the School Committee member from your Ward, or a member of the School Committee’s Special Policing Subcommittee. Find your school committee member: https://somerville.k12.ma.us/school-committee

Subcommittee Members

Ellenor Barish (Chair),Andre Green, Sarah Phillips,  Les Lartey, Glenda Soto, Dayshawn Simmons, Aisha Banda, Johanne Thomas, Anuj Bhardwaj, Silvia Martinez de Mejia.

The Special Policing Subcommittee is tasked with making a recommendation to the Somerville School Committee about how the relationship between Somerville Public Schools and the Somerville Police Department should be structured. One important question to answer is when should police officers be in school buildings, and more specifically, should Somerville High School have a Student Resource Officer (SRO). Somerville had an SRO from the 1980s until 2020. SROs were required by state law between 2014 and 2020. In 2020, the Somerville Committee voted to put the SRO program into abeyance and to establish this subcommittee. In making our recommendation, the subcommittee will take into account student, parent, staff and other community feedback (see link below). 

Special Policing Subcommittee Form - To submit comments, questions or feedback.

A Public Hearing will be scheduled later on in the process.

Meeting Notes and Presentations

January 19, 2022

February 15, 2022

April 6, 2022

June 15, 2022

October 6, 2022

October 25, 2022

November 14, 2022 - Special Policing Public Forum

Additional Information & Outreach

SHS Student Community Conversation: SRO + SHS Information Session - September 27, 2022:  English   Spanish   Portuguese   Haitian Creole