Board approves use of resource officer

Posted August 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

After two months of discussion, the Boyden-Hull school district approved a school resource officer.

The officer is part of a pet program by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Dan Altena met with the school board in July to discuss the matter.

Waylon Pollema of Hull is expected to serve as the resource officer.

A resource officer will be placed at both Boyden-Hull and Western Christian High School one day per week, spending one-half of one day at both centers.

A main responsibility of the resource officer is to build rapport with the students, for a better relationship with local law enforcement.

“This will be contingent based on no cost to the district and termination is allowable by either party at any time,” said Boyden-Hull school board president Mark Warntjes.

The measure passed unanimously, 5-0.

Details on Pollema’s schedule at both Boyden-Hull and Western Christian still have to be ironed out

Western Christian approved the use of a school resource officer at its July meeting, according to principal Glenn Schaap.

The school resource program, as it’s set up right now, will last the duration of the 2010-11 academic calendar year.

PERSONNEL MATTERS

Three personnel matters were acted on during the school board meeting.

Andreah Maassen was hired as the district’s new nurse. Maassen will work at both the elementary school in Boyden and the middle and high school center here in Hull.

Maassen is the daughter of school district business manager Sue Huls.

“There were five candidates and they were all outstanding candidates,” Boyden-Hull superintendent Steve Grond noted.

Maassen replaces Mary Schafer, who resigned to take a health position in Sioux Center.

Inisha Hoehamer, who was hired by the district as an art teacher to replace retired Carolyn Goold earlier this summer, had her contract hours raised from 26 to 37 hours per week as part of a sharing agreement with Rock Valley.

Hoehamer will work in Rock Valley on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. In addition to teaching art, Inisha will also work with the talented-and-gifted program in both districts.

Lead bus driver Dwayne Van Leeuwen’s contract was renewed. Van Leeuwen is responsible for lining up all busses for regular routes and extra-curricular activities.

In addition, the school board approved all five bus routes for the school year.

B-H student Lauren Sandbulte was a late addition to bus driver Wayne Wallinga’s route. Wallinga drives the southwest route closest to Sioux Center where Sandbulte resides.

COMET CHATTER

• The school district will remain using SNOWCAP as its parent notification system when the school must close due to bad weather.

SNOWCAP costs the district $300 per year. It sends closure notifications by texts or e-mails to parent’s cellphones. The service also calls radio stations and televisions notifying them that school will not take place.

Grond said there were problems last year with jammed messages due to server capacities, but that has been fixed.

• The school district may change the dates of parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 28, because of a potential conflict with playoff volleyball.

• The board examined use of a balanced scorecard, a reporting system uses very broad measurements on the overall success of a school district.

• The board covered the third chapter of the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) policy book which deals with, yes, policy and its importance.

• During his superintendent’s report, Grond said he’s looking into blocking off a portion of Webb Street in Boyden while students are loading and unloading. Grond said the district will be buying a pair of pianos and look into making improvements to the softball field in Boyden. He listed the overall enrollment of the entire district at 626.

• Huls said the district’s insurance premium will go down $7,500 in the 2010-11 FY budget.

• High and middle school principal Dan Pottebaum said his center will have 10 new students when school begins Thursday.

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