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Huntley School District 158 backs resource officer agreement

Lake in the Hills, Algonquin campuses slated for new hire

Huntley School District 158 Board members are supportive of a pair of intergovernmental agreements with the villages of Lake in the Hills and Algonquin to add school resource officers to two campuses, district spokesman Dan Armstrong said.

Both agreements were discussed during a Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday.

Lake in the Hills is home to the Reed Road campus, which is composed of Chesak Elementary, Martin Elementary and Marlowe Middle schools. Algonquin is home to the Square Barn campus, which includes Mackeben Elementary, Conley Elementary and Heineman Middle schools.

A joint committee of police personnel and school officials will make the final decision in selecting an officer. Desired qualifications for the position include training in gang and drug resistance curricula, experience in matters involving cultural diversity and public speaking skills.

The district must reimburse the village of Lake in the Hills for 50 percent of the cost of the officer and the village of Algonquin for 66 percent. This obligation may be reviewed or changed by mutual agreement on an annual basis.

Any overtime costs incurred as a result of the officer attending school activities will be the district’s to bear. However, as employees of their respective villages and not District 158, officers would not be entitled to any benefit the district offers to employees.

Both contracts will be voted on during the board’s next regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the district office, 650 Academic Drive, Algonquin. During the meeting, the board also will conduct a 2018 property tax levy hearing.

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