“And I have nothing but respect for everybody in the school district…,” said Long-Collins. “I don’t want the school district bashed by any means.”
According to online court records from Iowa, the assault charge is the only simple misdemeanor charge on her record. Besides that charge, the other charges are all for minor traffic violations, the most recent being a failure to secure safety belt ticket from 2005.
Superintendent Ryan said that he wouldn’t want members of the community to be discouraged from volunteering due to the background check requirement.
“…I do want to express that we appreciate the volunteers,” said Ryan. “They are an integral part of the success of the district…We do work very hard to create a positive environment for all involved and that would include our community members and our volunteers.”
Ryan said that administrators are always analyzing policies to try to make them more streamlined and make them work better.
“We are always taking a step back administratively and reviewing what our experiences have been, what our policies say and making the processes a little bit better as we move into the future,” said Ryan. “We would hope that our volunteers work with us along that process and have a cooperative relationship with the school.”
“At this point, we believe we are going on the guidance of the board right now, as far as having our volunteers approved at the board level,” said Ryan. “I expressed to the board that I am open to having conversations with any board member that wants to give me a call.”
Long-Collins plans to be in attendance at the School Board’s Monday, March 31 meeting when she hopes the board will review the volunteer policy once again.