Chadwick-Milledgeville board to discuss hiring officer

MILLEDGEVILLE – Don’t expect Chadwick-Milledgeville schools to have a school resource officer for a while – but creating such a position is on the school board’s radar.

Board members met Feb. 6 for their annual retreat, in the library at Milledgeville High School. One of the agenda items was the possible employment of an SRO.

“We’re not going to have one within the next year. The driving factor is improving the safety of students and school buildings,” Superintendent Tim Schurman said.

Chadwick-Milledgeville staff acquired examples of resource officer contracts from Eastland, Morrison and other area districts which have resource officers, so the district can get an idea of details like pay, and whether the position would be part- or full-time.

Schurman said he thinks the board has an interest in an SRO position, and want to study it further.

“It’d be a wide range of duties – meeting daily with building principals, meet with social workers with students who have trouble that could impact their school day performance. It’d be important they know what’s going on with the students, maybe even outside of school, some sort of family conflict or issue at home,” Schurman said.

In other business, the board also discussed the possibility of athletics cooperatives for girls basketball and softball. However, numbers are sufficient for Chadwick-Milledgeville to have teams this spring and next fall.

“We have 14 in high school girls softball for 2018-19, and 10 right now for high school girls basketball for 2019-20. The board wants to look at it more,” Schurman said.

Part of whether there would be a co-op involves whether there’s an area district with a common border with Chadwick-Milledgeville that would be interested in a co-op.

“In particular, there seems to be less interest in girls basketball than other girls’ sports. There’s no trouble with girls’ volleyball,” Schurman said.

Milledgeville High School Principal Brian Maloy said Chadwick-Milledgeville currently co-ops with Eastland for golf, and hosts track with Eastland.

“Polo hosts wrestlers, and we send our wrestlers there,” Maloy said.

The board also heard from Dr. Steve Nunez, vice president of academics and student services at Sauk Valley Community College, about dual credit classes. Currently, Milledgeville students can take dual credit in English, psychology or math at the college or at a classroom at Morrison High School.

Starting in 2019-2020, Milledgeville will replace its honors English class with a dual credit English course at the high school.,

Schurman said the district wants to offer other dual credit classes, but more staff will have to get masters’ degrees in the field they wish to teach dual credit courses in.

The board’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the high school library, 100 E. Eighth St.