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School resource officer position could be cut

Sierra College to pay library share
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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A youth services officer and Twelve Bridges Library funding were items revisited during Monday’s school committee meeting. The committee is a collaborative planning group between the city of Lincoln and the Western Placer Unified School District that meets every few months . These two items were also discussed during the committee’s Dec. 5 meeting. The question up in the air was about how much funding Sierra College would be able to provide for its portion of the Twelve Bridges Library, according to previous News Messenger reports. The library is jointly funded by the city, Sierra College and the Western Placer Unified School District. The city pays for 60 percent of the library at $327,609; the school district pays for 15 percent at $62,240; and Sierra College pays for 25 percent at $104,245, according to Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak. Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said he met with Sierra College president William Duncan “to get an idea of their funding.” “He did indicate they would fund it at $125,000,” Leaman said. Jatczak said Duncan “agreed to whatever percentage of the budget would be 25 percent, which is close to $125,000.” “One of the other things Sierra College does do is support us on IT with respect to software,” Jatczak said. Lincoln Councilman Gabriel Hydrick, who is on the school committee, asked to know more about “what Sierra College is doing and contributing, and the school district, so we have a clearer picture.” The memo of understanding between the three entities “needs to be updated,” according to Jatczak. “We are in a much different (time) than when that was developed. We need to develop a more workable document,” Jatczak said. The school district’s message regarding the school resource officer changed from the committee’s December meeting. In December, Leaman requested that school resource officer Steve Krueger return to campus full time in January, since “we set aside money in our budget to do that,” according to previous News Messenger reports. Krueger had been out due to an injury, according to previous News Messenger reports. On Monday, Leaman said the district is faced with the task of reducing $5.75 million from its budget. “One of the things that are on the reduction list is a resource officer,” Leaman said. Councilman Stan Nader asked Leaman how the district would “handle the work he is doing.” “The police are still available to us, and we have a principal and two vice principals so we have adequate staff,” Leaman said. “We’ll lose that proactive law-enforcement presence.” Leaman said Krueger is “able to anticipate situations and build relationships.” “It is a major loss,” Leaman said. Leaman said the school board will vote on proposed budget reductions at the Feb. 21 board of trustees meeting.