School board in limbo

Shiloh board awaits approval of intergovernmental agreement for resource officer

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HUME —Shiloh is still waiting for the intergovernmental contract between Edgar County and the school district to make the establishment of a school resource officer a reality in the school.

The update on the progress — or lack of it — was given to the board by Interim Superintendent of Schools Allen Hall during the board’s final meeting of the year Monday, Dec. 17.

The Shiloh school board began discussing adding a school resource officer earlier this year following the school shootings at Parkland High School in Florida and Santa Fe High School in Texas. There was concern among board members expressed at that time and in other discussions the location of the school — just off U.S. Route 36 in Hume — would make a quick response to an incident impossible.

Hall said the hold up is the intergovernmental agreement that requires approval by the county as well as the county sheriff. “It’s matter of getting it done,” he said.

Board members urged Hall to be more insistent with Edgar County State’s Attorney Mark Isaf and Edgar County Sheriff Jeff Wood in his next phone call to them.

A structural engineer was scheduled to visit Shiloh Wednesday, Dec. 19 to begin a study to determine if the roof on the multi-purpose room and the roof on the gym will support an air conditioner.

Hall said two people were scheduled to be on site.” We expect they will get back with us in week or two,” he said.

If the two roofs are not sturdy enough, Hall said the district could investigate if they could be strengthened with additional beams.

A meeting with the faculty concerning the new policy on fundraisers went well, Hall said. He reported the school’s FFA organization would still like to sell strawberries and fruit. There was some concern expressed by board members whether making an exception to the no outside sales for the FFA would create a problem, but Hall was confident everything can be worked out.

In other business, the board:

nHeard the banners in the gym are in bad shape and need to be replaced. Hall said the cost will be about $500. He also noted the school needs to put up banners for Tri-County sports as well.

nHeard six students are enrolled in the school’s welding class.

nApproved a new fee schedule for the gym and multi-purpose room as a cost of $17 an hour. Hall said the cost is based on the school’s average hourly wage of a custodian. “We want to keep the rental cost low,” he said. The rental fee only applies to outside organizations, Hall said.

nHeard from principal Beth Harbaugh the Tri-County principals have met and reviewed the fall sports coaches. She reminded the board members this is the last year for the present Little Okaw Valley Conference. Next year there will be 10 teams.

nHeard student organizations and groups were challenged to put up holiday displays in the main hallway. Harbaugh said there was a good response as the halls were filled with trees and other displays. The Spanish Club display was a decorated cactus, she said.

nEmployed Kayla Krapf as a music teacher.

nApproved the employment of Allen Hall as the interim superintendent for the district for the 2019-2020 school year.