DANVILLE – Three intergovernmental agreements between the city and Danville School District 118 will be before the city council’s Public Services Committee Tuesday.
They are for school resource officers, providing reciprocal reporting of criminal offenses committed by students and providing the police and fire departments emergency access to school security video feeds and radio frequencies.
The school board approved the agreements that run through June 30, 2020, in October. School officials said the updates were with new Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. and new Police Chief Chris Yates.
The school district also asked for some flexibility in the officers’ hours for certain events outside the typical workday, and will reimburse the City of Danville 100 percent of the SRO’s per diem rate of salary and benefits for any day that the SRO works in the district.
The school board and officials also discussed there would be police officers trained as backup SROs in case of injury or long absence.
District 118 Superintendent Alicia Geddis said the school district would always have at least two SROs.
The SRO agreement is for city police officers to serve as SROs at North Ridge Middle School, Danville High School and the third one shared between DHS and Kenneth D. Bailey Academy.
The agreement talks about the city’s power to discipline the SRO, the SRO will not work more than an 8-hour day, the SROs will undergo A.L.I.C.E – Alert, Lock Down, Inform, Counter, Evacuate/active shooter training and basic SRO training, the SRO must have the ability to interact positively with students and “any specialized training deemed necessary by the district will be funded by the school district. The Danville Police Department will pay salary and overtime.”
Under security responsibilities, the agreement states, “Before detaining or questioning a minor student (under age 18), the SRO must first contact the parent or guardian of said minor. The SRO will submit written documentation of such contact to school administration.”
The SROs also will work cooperatively with schools on prosocial behaviors, and assist with Behavioral Threat Assessment Analysis as requested by school building or central office administration.
In other business, the Public Services Committee will:
- Hear a cyber security presentation.
- Consider authorizing a budget amendment of $102,982 in the city’s information technology division budget for computer and network systems security upgrades to meet the Payment Card Industry compliance and reduce cyber security threats. Funds come from the city’s general fund reserve.
- Consider authorizing amendments of the city’s Community Development Block Grant annual action plans for program years 2014 and 2017. About $65,345 in remaining 2014 funds would be allocated to neighborhood revitalization and $100,00 from 2017 funds that were to be used for the Small Business Revolving Loan fund also would be allocated to neighborhood revitalization. The funds then can be used for demolitions, rehabilitation and public infrastructure improvements in CDBG income-qualified areas.
- Review the city’s proposed 2019 tax levy.