Miami East hires full-time SRO

By Melanie Yingst -

CASSTOWN — The Miami East Board of Education approved a three-year contract for a second school resource officer on Monday.

Board member Mark Iiames was not present.

The board unanimously approved a contract with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office to hire a full-time school resource officer in addition to its rotating deputy for the district.

The district will pay $62,724 for the first year of service; $64,606 for the second year; and $66,544 for the third year.

The contract includes 40 hours of service to the district for the school year. The contract runs July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

For the 2016-17 school year, the amount paid to Miami County Sheriff’s Office was $26,887.50 for a rotating deputy on campus.

“We always had an SRO on campus, so for the 2018-19 school year, we’ll have two school resource officers,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Rappold.

“We appreciate your efforts working with that and (Sheriff Dave) Duchak for keeping up that good relationship to work with us in the time that we are in,” said Board President Brandon Fellers.

Rappold said he appreciated having multiple deputies on campus and welcomes its full-time SRO to provide classroom and lesson plans to add to the district’s curriculum. Rappold said he’d expect to know who will be named the SRO by the end of the month.

Treasurer Lisa Fahncke reported to the board the district’s earned income tax collections are flat due to small business and agriculture tax code changes and waivers for school district tax. She reported income tax refunds in those two business sectors are trending higher, causing the district to lose potential funding from its earned income tax collection. The district’s gross income tax collection was $186,000 in 2017. This year it is $86,000.

“Losing revenue that should have been collected is very hurtful,” Fahncke said. “Thank goodness we are strong in other areas.” Fahncke said she would continue to work to “try to see that it’s rectified.”

“We are being penalized and losing revenue and those districts that are collecting on a traditional basis are not, which I feel is very discriminatory,” she said.

Fahncke reported the district is trending to end the fiscal year $1.2 million in the black at the end of June.

“We appreciate your efforts and everything you are doing there. We have to keep going toward the positive; the downfall is we have to keep projecting that loss. While we are gaining, we aren’t gaining at the rate we should,” said President Brandon Fellers.

The board also approved to begin conducting third-party background checks for district volunteers beginning for the 2018-19 school year. Rappold said the district would pay for the background checks. which are $12 per person. Volunteers must contact building principals and discuss which areas they’d like to help. The application is then forwarded to the board office for approval and processing online by Rappold. The district will use the Background Investigation Bureau company, which completes background checks for school districts and companies across the country.

Rappold thanked the Miami County Foundation for its $10,000 grant award for intervention and support, high school Muse Machine and high school band coats.

The board approved the district’s extra-curricular transportation fee policy. No changes to the policy were reported.

The district will continue its random drug testing policy for the 2018-19 school year.

Rappold said nothing will change from its first year. Rappold said the feedback from its pilot year was positive.

“I don’t see a downside to this,” said board member Mike Rindler.

“It’s worked out very positive,” Rappold said.

Rappold reported to the board the district will need to review its substitution rates in the future. He reported some districts are paying $120 a day. Currently, the district pays $80 per day up to 10 consecutive days.

The board adjourned into executive session to discuss the treasurer’s contract. The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. June 18, in the high school lecture hall.

By Melanie Yingst