Eldorado School Superintendent Gary Siebert invited local lawmen to attend the regularly scheduled board meeting Thursday night: Saline County Sheriff's Department's Ken Clore, Eldorado Police Chief Shannon Duel and Illinois State Police Lt. Ken Rider all made a presentation.
Each officer spoke to the board about intended walk throughs by their agency's officers and the benefits of a perceived police presence on school grounds.
Rider said that in January the state troopers would be making appearances at area schools in an effort to get acclimated.
"Each trooper's vehicle has a computer and on those computers are floor plans for all the schools in the district," he said. "These can be very valuable to us and other agencies. But there is no better acclimation than an actual walk through. The troopers will contact agencies in charge of the schools before going on the grounds.
Come January you will see troopers in your schools."
The board went into executive session to discuss security measures with the officers.
The board extended the executive session to discuss other matters when the officers left.
After ending the executive session the board added a position for a cafeteria data clerk at $18,000 per year, recommended Julie Baldwin for that position and hired Teresa Hopkins as a three hour a day individual aide.
Siebert said he had discussions with the mayor about the city creating a TIF district and said, "The mayor said they are going to be sure that it doesn't hurt the schools."
In explaining the need for a cafeteria data clerk Siebert said that due to new federal regulations, foods like peaches have to measured into exact portions and have the juice drained off them. This has to be done in advance and must be carefully measured. The data clerk will aid with these new responsibilities.
Rick Cox, Administrative Assistant gave a presentation detailing the need for a waiver of the requirements pertaining to school breakfast/lunch during summer school session. In summary the laws pertaining to school lunches if followed would cost more than the summer school program they are intended to serve.