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August 15, 2018 Background checks at center of Mid-Prairie volunteer policy discussion
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A revised policy regarding volunteers in the Mid-Prairie school district will call for more detailed and more frequent background checks.

At Monday’s meeting, the school board approved a first reading of a revised volunteer policy.

The policy changes the frequency of background checks for volunteers from the current every five years to every two years and requires volunteers to undergo an employee level background check.

The change to every two years background checks was part of the recommendation from a committee that met six times over the summer.

Board President Jeremy Pickard questioned whether background checks every two years is too frequent.

“That seems quite often,” Pickard said. “I would recommend a three-year period.”

Board member Jodi Meader, who served on the committee, said that she had no problem with every three years, but explained the committee’s reasoning.

“We just wanted to make sure we were checking regularly,” Meader said.

Kristy Newton, a district parent who served on the committee, said that every-other-year background checks would help catch incidents that may have happened elsewhere in a timely manner.

Board Vice President Marianne Schlabach and board member Jim Hussey each voiced their support for every-other-year checks, as did board member Gabrielle Frederick.

“Two or three?,” she said. “I’m leaning toward two.”

Hussey made the motion to go with every two years, and Frederick seconded it. Meader was the only board member to vote against it.

There was also discussion regarding who would pay for the background checks.

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