Update 5/21: Belpre City Schools Superintendent Tony Dunn explained:
“All volunteers who serve in an official capacity within our district are Board approved. If they serve in a capacity that puts them in a position where they are alone with students, they go through the same FBI/BCI background checks as other school employees. Student safety is of utmost importance to us and we take all the steps necessary to ensure to the best of our abilities that persons who may do any type of harm to our students do not serve this district in an official capacity and anyone who does serve the district in an official capacity has the proper training to ensure student safety.”
Dunn said Totten does not volunteer in an official capacity.
RCNN asked if there would be security at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.
“We have not asked for any police presence at tonight’s meeting. We do not expect any loud confrontations and our Board does not allow those types of interactions at their monthly meetings or any special meetings. Our meetings are orderly, lawful, courteous, and open to the general public. There is a public participation portion, but the Board will ask anyone with a complaint about an employee or Board member to make them aware of that in Executive Session. Concerns about programming and procedures are usually handled in open session, but we ask that community members limit their comments to the time-frame listed in BOE policy, 5 minutes.”\