By RON CRAIG
Members of the Lakota Local Schools Board of Education are expected to discuss the possibility of hiring a school resource officer during their meeting at 7 p.m. today.
School officials have been mulling for some time ways in which they can enhance the security of the schools, but funding has been an issue. A recent breakthrough by Superintendent Jon Detwiler, however, may pave the way for the hiring of an SRO.
“I had a very productive meeting recently with (Sandusky County) Sheriff Chris Hilton,” Detwiler told the Review Times. “It appears he is going to able to assist us with the (SRO) issue.”
Detwiler said additional funding is expected by way of a grant to hire a law enforcement officer to instruct an anti-drug D.A.R.E. program, which would be part of the SRO’s duties.
The hiring of an SRO, along with other possible security measures for the school, have been topics of discussion recently by board members during executive sessions.
A discussion of the SRO issue is expected to occur during Detwiler’s monthly report to the board tonight.
Also during tonight’s meeting, the board will be asked to approve a 24-month contract with Jefferson County Educational Service Center, beginning July 1.
“It allows (individual) students who may need particular classes to take them through (the Jefferson County ESC) at our school,” Detwiler explained. The contract would also include a summer school program at Lakota from June 1 this year through August 31, 2018.
A service provider contract for Internet service between Northern Ohio Education Computer Association and the school is also listed on the meeting agenda for board consideration.
Several personnel issues are to be deliberated by board members tonight as well.
Corrections from resignations to retirements are to be mulled for bus operator Phillip Frisch and cook Debra Brickner, while board members will be asked to approve resignations/retirements for Lucianne Bowlus, classified substitute, and Viola Wasserman, paraprofessional.
Contracts for several certified personnel are also listed on the agenda.
A policy adoption to allow electronic funds transfers is also listed on the agenda.
The meeting is to be conducted in the staff dining room, located on the school’s campus at 5200 Sandusky CR 13, Kansas.