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Dunlavy briefs board on first year as SRO

March 22, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central School Resource Officer Nate Dunlavy briefed the school board on his first year in the school district on Monday.

Dunlavy discussed how the position has been a great opportunity to meet and interact with the kids.

Dunlavy said he 153 classes together with the children.

"That's about 150 more than normal," he said as usually only the fifth grade DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) classes were available prior to Dunlavy beginning his duties in January 2017.

Dunlavy also talked about the disorderly conduct cases. In the past, if police were called to school for disorderly conduct, charges usually followed. While some were still charged this past year, having Dunlavy on site allowed for him to intervene to try to avoid charges.

Dunlavy said recently he started a conflict resolution program in the third and fourth grades.

"I came up with the idea from my elementary," he said. "It has kids helping other kids solve problems and gives them a chance to work through problems themselves."

Dunlavy said he continuously looking for ways to improve how he does his job and has taken school resource officer training.

ELC High School Principal Brad Leonard said Dunlavy's presence is an additional asset.

"What does show is what his presence on campus means and having him here as a deterrent to bad behavior," Leonard said.



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