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School district working with Lincoln Police Department on school resource officer

One-year, $119,500 contract on the table
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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A contract for the Lincoln Police Department to provide a school resource officer for the Western Placer Unified School District was sent to City Hall for approval, marking a “dramatic change in direction,” Superintendent Scott Leaman said Tuesday night.

Leaman said Tuesday that the city of Lincoln had agreed to accept some of the district’s requirements for the school resource officer, specifically: an officer for five days per week; a backup officer if the school resource officer is absent and a police presence at all football games. Just a week ago, the school district seemed on the verge of hiring a school resource officer (SRO) from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

“It seems like we are fortunate the city could change some of their offerings,” Leaman said. “This is a dramatic change in direction from where we were going. It’s only natural to have the Lincoln Police Department provide the SRO.”

The Sheriff’s Office has since withdrawn its offer for services, according to Leaman.

Leman commended Lincoln Police Chief Doug Lee and the department for providing a school resource officer since the beginning of the school year in the absence of a contract. The contract between the district and the department expired in June. Leaman and the school board members also praised School Resource Officer Steve Kreuger for his dedication to the schools and students.

“Steve really wants to be the SRO and I think he’s going to make it work,” said school board President Paul Carras.

The Lincoln City Council will now decide whether to approve the $119,500, one-year contract between the police department and the school district. The contract includes five-day per week coverage, football game coverage, a backup officer and a cost adjustment if the school resource officer is not able to be on campus for five consecutive days.

Marketing plan

Emma Oehler was introduced as the district’s new coordinator of marketing and communication. Oehler presented to the board a marketing plan designed to retain elementary students. Oehler said the district lost 140 elementary students this year to interdistrict transfers.

Oehler coaches varsity volleyball and also works as a clerk in the district office.

“I’m excited about this position and I am excited to tell the story of all the great things happening in the district,” Oehler said.

French teacher

The school board voted unanimously to approve Moneen Thackeray as a French teacher at Lincoln High School for the 2018-2019 school year.

“We are very excited to find a French teacher,” said Gabe Simon, assistant superintendent of personnel services. “We want to keep the program going.”

Student advisor

Lindsey Ridgeway, the Lincoln High School student advisor to the school board, said the new school year has seen an increased problem with parking at the campus.

“The school blocked off the circle so parents now drop off at student parking,” Ridgeway said. “There were parents parking in the circle and socializing.”

Leaman said the circle, located on the Sixth Street side of the school, is for visitor parking only.

More than 100 new students are at Lincoln High School this year, Ridgeway added.