Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

District, police looking for new resource officer

April 5, 2007

The Eudora Police Department will be taking over security duties at Eudora USD 491 buildings as the department and district search for a new school resource officer.

Eudora Police Chief Greg Dahlem confirmed that former school resource officer Tad Teehee is no longer with the department. Dahlem couldn't comment any further because it's a personnel issue, he said.

The SRO handles security issues within the district and has education duties with the DARE program, the Students Against Destructive Decisions group at Eudora High School and other instructional programs throughout the year at the district's schools.

"We're taking care of calls. We're going to take care of it," Dahlem said.

The city department employs the school resource officer but hiring and evaluation duties are split between the district and city. During summer months, the school resource officer serves the city as a patrol officer.

For the last three years, the district has used the Cops in Schools grant to pay for the position.

This year the grant ran out, Eudora USD 491 Superintendent Marty Kobza said.

"We have to wait to resubmit, which is required by the grant," Kobza said.

The district will retain the position despite the lack of grant funding, Kobza said.

"The issue from the federal budget is that a lot of the dollars initially allocated for programs like this have been cut, so it's more and more difficult to get that money," Kobza said. "We'll continue to try, that's for sure."

The transition period between officers won't have any harmful impact on the district's programs, Kobza said.

"From our standpoint, the police have been very cooperative and responsive to making sure we're covered when we need help," Kobza said. "It's been a very positive thing. It's a cooperative arrangement."

The district and department have also been working together to find the district's next school resource officer, Kobza said.

At the present time there is no timeline for the hire.

"I think more important than the timeline is making sure we don't rush and we find a great fit for the position, since so many of these programs are so very important," Kobza said.

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