Bernero "We will be more involved in our schools."
PART OF THAT INVOLVEMENT MAY INCLUDE LPD OFFICERS IN THE HALLS OF LANSING SCHOOLS. NEW MAYOR VIRG BERNERO SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS TO FEEL SAFE IN ORDER TO LEARN.
Bernero "Kids do better when they have a safer environment."
BERNERO SAYS A RECENT STUDY OF LANSING SCHOOLS SHOWS WHEN STUDENTS LEAVE, IT ISN'T BECAUSE OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION.
Bernero "One of the issues is the status of that environment and safety."
Lansing School Board VP Hugh Clarke "The preliminary findings of that survey show 80 percent of parents feel their kids are safe in those schools."
BUT, LANSING DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT HUGH CLARKE SAYS THEY'RE DOING JUST FINE ON THEIR OWN.
Clarke "I dont recall any major incidents in our schools in the last two years."
BUT THERE WAS THE SEXTON HIGH INCIDENT LAST MARCH WHEN 6 STUDENTS WOUND UP BEING ARRESTED AFTER A BRAWL DURING SCHOOL HOURS. REGARDLESS CLARKE SAYS THE POLICE FORCE MAY BE BETTER SERVED DOING OTHER THINGS.
Clarke "Like patrolling in our neighborhoods."
BUT, MAYOR BERNERO SAYS FOOT PATROLS WILL NOT BE COMPROMISED.
Bernero "This won't affect our numbers in the city."
BERNEROS SAYS HE DOESN'T PRESUME TO KNOW WHAT THE DISTRICT WANTS OR DOESN'T WANT... BUT, HE DOES WANT TO MEET.
Bernero "It's not my role to run the schools... but, Id like to support their success."