Board votes to continue police officer liaison position at Little Falls Community High School

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer 

Approval for a two-year contract, 2012-2013 and 2012-2014, with the city of Little Falls for a liaison officer was given at Tuesday’s Little Falls School Board meeting.

The contract will now need to be ratified by the Little Falls City Council at its next meeting.

The Board agreed that this service has been very beneficial to the district.

The officer is an employee of the city and according to the contract the district will pay the city $25,000 for the 2012-2013 school year and $26,000 for 2013-2014. The money for this position comes from the safe and drug free district levy that is assessed to property owners each year.

The officer’s duty year shall be the student contact days as set by the school calendar. The officer will be on duty from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will also be on duty at some of the evening activities as determined by the School Board or its designee.

Little Falls Police Officer Dave Stumpf has served as the liaison officer since the position’s inception 11 years ago.

Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers said, “This position is invaluable to our community. He is not just at the high school but visits all the public schools in the district.”

Little Falls School Board Briefs

In other business Tuesday, the Little Falls School Board:

• Received a 2012-1213 budget and capital expenditure update. No action was taken on the budget or the capital expenditure budget as it was just an update. Final numbers will be presented at a future board meeting;

• Unanimously passed a resolution for discontinuing and reducing educational programs and positions. The only recommendation at the time of the meeting was to discontinue one licensed school social worker. Superintendent Curt Tryggestad told the Board, more recommendations for other cuts may be forthcoming;

• Approved hiring Marc Fritz as head girls soccer coach;

• Approved an extended leave of absence (three to five years) for Janelle LeMieur-Griffith, English/language arts teacher at the Continuing Education Center;

• Recognized members of the VFW and American Legion Post honor guard for their services at the football and basketball games and Urban Otremba for his services with the Grade One at the Library Program (GOAL);

• Accepted donations from Flyer Athletic Boosters (FAB) for $500 to the Youth Recreation Program, Mark Wood Foundation for $397.14 to Dr. S. G. Knight Elementary, Curtis Olson Auxiliary Post 9073 for $100 for the Mentorship Program at Dr. S. G. Knight Elementary, Randall Cushing Lions for $50 to the bicycle helmet project at Dr. S. G. Knight Elementary and framing equipment valued at $4,900 to the Community High School from Marty Preusser; and

• Heard that due to the unavailability of meeting rooms at the Government Center the date for the retiree reception and award presentations had been changed from May 29 to May 14.

The next regular meeting of the Little Falls School Board will be held Monday, April 23, 5:30 p.m., at the Government Center.