MENOMONIE — A proposal to add a second youth services officer for the Menomonie school district will not proceed after the district and city officials disagreed on funding.
The district and the city jointly fund one officer to address emergencies and support students and staff during the school year. The district pays 60 percent of the cost and the city contributes 40 percent.
The district approached the city last year looking for the same agreement to add a second youth officer.
The City Council responded with a different offer: The city would pay 20 percent under an 80-20 funding agreement.
School board members said in July they favored the 60-40 agreement.
School district administrator Joe Zydowsky said Monday that the two parties haven’t reached an agreement and the board is not considering the 80-20 proposal.
The city has included 20 percent of a second youth services officer in its 2019 budget, city administrator Lowell Prange said Monday: “That’s what the city council offered.”
It isn’t the first time the school district has proposed a second officer. In 2017 the district approved funding for the position for the 2017-18 school year, but the city did not agree to contribute 40 percent of the price.
In July, Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson said a second officer would increase safety, school security and help build relationships between students and staff.
More law enforcement responses, school safety incidents and increasing child-domestic problems are contributing to the need for a second officer, according to the board’s Monday agenda.
In other school district news, starting next Monday, school days will become 10 minutes longer to make up for canceled school, aftersnow and arctic temperatures kept students out of school for six days. Schools were closed again Tuesday.
Menomonie High School is about 13 hours behind the minimum instruction hours mandated by the state, Zydowsky said. Monday, April 22, and Friday, June 7, are planned to be make-up days.
But “a big part of the plan” is increasing the school day by 10 minutes — five minutes at the beginning of the day, five at the end — to make up for lost time, Zydowsky said. The change will impact kindergarten through 12th grade students.
School bus pickups and drop-offs will adjust by five minutes to accommodate the change, Zydowsky said.
Teachers will be able to take hourly, paid or emergency leave or take days for personal professional development to make up for lost days.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers cannot waive the mandated hours because of weather-related cancellations, as Minnesota’s governor can, Zydowsky said; the move would require a change in state law.