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November 20, 2018 School background checks see drop in volunteer applications
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

Mid-Prairie has seen a drop in volunteers applying to work in the schools after it implemented its new policy requiring background checks for all volunteers.

The policy was approved earlier this year in the wake of revelations that the superintendent approved a volunteer who was convicted 20 years ago for videotaping a student dressing at a western Iowa elementary school where he taught.

The volunteer had subsequently completed his sentence.

Superintendent Mark Schneider’s decision sparked an intense community debate, which led to the new policy.

District human resources coordinator Carmela Ulin told the board at its meeting Nov. 12 that the district has done 320 background checks for which it has spend $8,546.

She said that 39 background checks came back with “hits,” meaning there was some sort of a charge. None of those charges was serious enough to disqualify the applicant under the policy.

Ulin said three people refused to have a background check done. One of those subsequently agreed to the review.

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