BOONE, Iowa—The Boone School Board did not make any decisions regarding the future of a School Resource Officer position for the Boone School District. Boone Mayor John Slight, members of the Boone City Council and city staff joined community members and students to express their concerns about the shared position created three years ago. Students talked about their concerns over the loss of security and the personal connection made with School Resource Officer Dave Powers. Others expressed their support for continuing the position for the safety of students. School Board members did agree with many points, but continued to emphasis their position that dollars in the district’s general fund would not be available to share in the cost of the position. Board Member Kirk Leeds said all the job done by Dave Powers, the School Resource Officer has been all they expected. The problem is having enough money to afford the position.
One factor in the availability of funds for the position will be the contract with the Boone Education Association. Negotiations are just beginning. The BEA has proposed an increase of 6% or a total package increase of nearly $705,000. The School District has responded with an increase of 1.14% or just under $137,000. The BEA is one of two bargaining units in the Boone School District.
The School Board also learned that there will apparently be a need to fill a couple of positions in the area of Special Education due to an increase in likely students. One position was left unfilled last year and one teacher resigned midyear.
The School Board will be meeting again on April 8th.