Hardin-Houston makes school resource officer full-time

By Alexandra Newman - anewman@aimmedianetwork.com

HOUSTON — Hardin-Houston Local School will have a school resource officer walking the halls all day everyday this school year.

At the regular August board of education meeting Monday night, the board approved making the part-time School Resource Officer Bill Booth, full-time.

“Officer Booth was already half time for the past several years. We increased his status to full-time due to his upcoming retirement from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office,” Superintendent Larry Claypool said. “It was the right time to make this change since he will be a retire/rehire employee of the Sheriff’s Office.”

Booth will continue to provide a law enforcement presence, assist all visitors and guests as they enter the building and have access to classrooms and hallways. He will provide his unique expertise in many of the K-12 classrooms and share on topics that relate to health, life skills, and a wide-range of family issues that American children are presently dealing with in today’s society, Claypool said.

“He’s been accepted as an excellent role model for our H-H student population and provides necessary support to both elementary and high school guidance counselors,” Claypool said. “He’ll deal with all aspects of safety and security issues in the building and provide additional administration support for busing, playground monitoring, assist with enrollment issues including home visits, student and parents issues that might relate to topics such as attendance, discipline and other court related issues. We’re happy to have Officer Booth in this new capacity and look forward to an outstanding school year.”

Also at the meeting, the board accepted a donation of $2,500 from Alvetro Orthodontics for the scoreboard project. They also passed a motion to release of the high school gym scoreboard and wall mats to be sold by sealed bids.

They also approved the bus routes, bus driver handbook and the EPC vendors. As well as a service agreement with Midwest Regional ESC for elementary intervention specialist and junior high/high school intervention specialist.

The board approved Julie Micali and Jennifer Bumgarner as Clear Creek Tutors, and accepted the resignation of Josh Billing with regret.

They approved Gina Maier as the 7th grade volleyball coach and Bethanie Caldwell as the junior varsity girls basketball coach.

The substitute teacher pay rate was set at $90 per day.

Athletic season pass prices were approved as $30 for students and $85 for adults.

They approved the Career Tech Education options for 8th grade students only, therefore waiving grade seven.

The board approved the purchase of 19,000 gallons of propane for $0.729 per gallon.

The next board meeting will be Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the media center.

By Alexandra Newman


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