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CNHI/Southeast Iowa

March 20, 2014

Decade old charge keeps parent from chaperoning

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CENTERVILLE —

Superintendent Ryan said in an interview that each potential volunteer is evaluated on both their background check and the duties and responsibilities that would be involved in their volunteer position.

“Each situation’s conducted on a case by case basis,” said Ryan. “Each volunteer must submit to a background check at this time and it is for the safety of the kids. When anomalies occur in the individual’s history or the background administrative team members must review the appropriateness for the necessary duties assigned and we try to make a good fit there.”

“When I speak on a case by case basis…depending on the needs and depending on the duties assigned for that volunteer position, it’s a case by case basis from there as far as looking at the big picture and analyzing what’s appropriate for that environment for the kids, keeping the kids as the number one reason for making the decisions that we are,” said Ryan.

“Above all else we want to create an environment for our students that is healthy and safe,” said Ryan. “This unique situation is we had to take in consideration that we’re sending our kids on an overnight field trip for a period of time. In the end we work very hard to make decisions based around kids. Her specific situation I don’t want to make comments specifically to because I’m not quite for sure if that would be a fair response.”

Collins said she is a “very involved parent” in the community, with many people around to provide good references to her character. Many of those people chimed in with e-mails to Ryan to state their case. Collins said she was also planning on sending letters to all of the school board members asking for their help as well.

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