Western school officials, parents talk reporting, better communication

Both sides report good results.
Cary Ashby
Dec 31, 2013

Timely reporting, cooperation and better communication.

That's what the Huron County Sheriff's Office and Western Reserve Local Schools say is necessary in their working relationship as they strive to protect students the best they can. School officials are encouraging concerned parents to attend board meetings and give them feedback on what the school can do better.

Superintendent Rodge Wilson said board policies and administrative guidelines are in line, but what's needed is a "just a shift in paradigm" in reporting possible crimes to authorities. The school board held a special meeting Monday to discuss student discipline-related policies.

Wilson, who had a recent meeting with Sheriff Dane Howard, said he was told if Western reports an incident to the sheriff's office, that means the school is requesting deputies take over the investigation -- but it doesn't mean there can't be mutual probes. The superintendent used the example of Huron County Children Services assisting police with conducting interviews of juveniles.

"We had a great conversation about shared time and shared interviewing," added Wilson, who said both parties shared what they are required to do with their respective investigations.

"I think one of the issues we resolved was communication," he said.

Howard told the Reflector that Thursday's meeting with Western officials was "very positive." Howard, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick and Sgt. Tod Wagner met with Wilson, Western High School Principal Lisa Border, assistant principal Chris Sheldon, elementary principal Melanie Conaway and school board member Jami White.

"They were very receptive with what we had to say," the sheriff said. "I believe we are all on the same page. ... Everybody at the table had the same thing in mind -- the safety of the children."

Howard gave credit to Western officials for responding promptly to his request for the meeting and for using part of their Christmas break to do so.

See the complete story in Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector.

Comments

jack langhals

About time !

armbender

LOL my feelings haven't changed at all!

wowman

blowing smoke

lifeisabitch

Well let's sweep another one under the rug.

ladydye_5

So they are trying to appease the sheriff now. What happens the "next time"? That will be the test.

wrparent

Mutual probes and shared interviewing!
Lets change the headline of this story to, "School Board soothes butthurt Sheriff so he can take credit for future investigations and post it to his Facebook page."

godfearing

We've made a mountain out of a molehill. I would love to call and suggest the Sheriff be called on every incident, no matter how insignificant, heresay, gossip, or trivial it may be. Then One Calls to all parents and printed in the newspaper every other day. Threats are made daily I'm sure. These are teenagers. I wonder how the tables would be turned if 3 times a day or week the Sheriff has to drop everything to run out. I assume then the taxpayers would voice themselves crying about the waste of tax dollars. Perhaps the 3 additional one calls per day would anger enough people to unsubscribe from the system and then complain about the already abundant calls for everything else. Myself, from a parent perspective of a child within the district, perhaps educate yourself and involve yourself in what goes on. It is humorous to watch the facebook cryers and the hate speech towards administration, yet I can identify that almost all have never involved themselves in the school system in any way. You are the proud examples of other parents in the school? You are what our children have eyes on? If I couldn't see the pictures or names I would assume you yourselves are the children. Sadly enough, you are the adults and that is the example you set! Well done.

ladydye_5

So you have no problem with a child having a KNIFE pulled on them? No need to bother the law with that? Just tell the kids it is no big deal. Why have the NO weapons on school grounds rule? Heck let every one carry a knife to school. I agree some things are kids being kids. Not everything needs to be dealt with on a LOCKDOWN level. But someone threatening to shoot up the school, complete with a possible hit list or a child having a knife pulled on them deserves a bit more response than nothing. Like I said before, if anyone pulled a knife on my child and threatened them, I would call the cops, the Assistant Principal wouldn't need to be bothered.

godfearing

My only response that I have to this is its common sense. I've watched people complain about dealing with Sheldon, how their kid has been in his office, this and that child has "been in his office". The district has called in the Sheriff when necessary. If Mr. Sheldon is such a screw up, why are there so many upset parents about his discipline? More than likely, its because he takes things seriously and actually does do his investigations as needed, and aggressively judging by the parents who have spoke out. I trust that if indeed there were a legitimate issue, or a serious threat, that the Sheriff would have been called. I also trust that Mr. Sheldon knows his student body quite well, as he's accused of apparently having the entire student body in his office through his career there, and by knowing them also understands the validity of a threat. You're right, not everything needs to be dealt with on lockdown, nor the involvement of anyone else based on whatever their protocol or procedure is.

HROBSON88

Well said, and I agree with you completely. That fact that many do not like Mr. Sheldon proves to me that he is doing his job.

Windy

Armchair superintendents and principals . . . . Good grief!

samsmith

I know Sheldon dropped the ball!!

Maybe the true issue is he didn't want the basketball team to face disciplinary action since they were behind the first Bullying issue!

Sheldon had NO RIGHT to hide this from parents! It was not his call to make ! These are my children's lives and I as a parent trust I am making the best choices for my children by placing them in western reserves care!
Sheldon placed all our children and staff in jeopardy and he needs to be punished!! So what third times a charm??? We are going to give him more chances to screw up??? Maybe next time we won't be so lucky !!
Mr Wilson better wake up and start acting like he knows how to handle a school district ! School board members we elected you to make the right choices and to make these people answer for their actions!! Wake up! Next time could be too late!!
Sheldon needs to go!! Maybe Wilson too!!
I've dealt with both of these individuals and they should run for public office ! They are filled with bs ! I don't care " how well he knows the students" he has a job to report it!
If he wanted to be a cop so bad maybe he should try and pursue that dream somewhere else and not at our school !!
Maybe the sheriffs office will purse charges on Sheldon !! Maybe that will wake him up !!!!

samsmith

I know Sheldon dropped the ball!!

Maybe the true issue is he didn't want the basketball team to face disciplinary action since they were behind the first Bullying issue!

Sheldon had NO RIGHT to hide this from parents! It was not his call to make ! These are my children's lives and I as a parent trust I am making the best choices for my children by placing them in western reserves care!
Sheldon placed all our children and staff in jeopardy and he needs to be punished!! So what third times a charm??? We are going to give him more chances to screw up??? Maybe next time we won't be so lucky !!
Mr Wilson better wake up and start acting like he knows how to handle a school district ! School board members we elected you to make the right choices and to make these people answer for their actions!! Wake up! Next time could be too late!!
Sheldon needs to go!! Maybe Wilson too!!
I've dealt with both of these individuals and they should run for public office ! They are filled with bs ! I don't care " how well he knows the students" he has a job to report it!
If he wanted to be a cop so bad maybe he should try and pursue that dream somewhere else and not at our school !!
Maybe the sheriffs office will purse charges on Sheldon !! Maybe that will wake him up !!!!

godfearing

This just comes across as personal anger to me with no justification besides an angry parent who didn't their way in the past. So what did you learn from the Board Meetings and personal conversations with Mr. Wilson and Mr. Sheldon? Can you enlighten me on this?
Oh. You didn't talk to anyone or follow up like some of us did? Hm. Again, spewing your distain for someone because of past experience only places a childish stamp over your face. Move on. I'm assuming your kids have. Its called Graduation.

samsmith

I'm guessing you are asking me?

Sheldon has no investigation qualifications !
He is not law enforcement ! He is not FBI !

Sheldon has no credibility ! None!
Anyone who is not ashamed of his behavior has no business in dealing with kids!
So what you're saying is I have a problem with Sheldon and Wilson ? Do ya think????
Duh! I don't need a personal reason to not support their foolish actions! My children are my personal reasons! How many teachers do you think are happy with this? They went to school the next morning unaware of any possible threat! Not to mention the hundreds of kids!
Who gives Sheldon that right to put hundreds of people in possible jeopardy because he didn't think the threat was valid ? He should be fired ! And if Wilson doesn't want to fire him them he needs to go as we'll!
You know what kind of person we are dealing with when the guy goes out gets arrested for DUI then has the nerve to drive his car to school with yellow party plates ! Same guy who can look out his window and visual the mangled wreckage of a car that was placed on school property to help remind out kids that drinking and driving takes lives !! Great role model ! Yes western is a small school ! Does that mean we need to take bottom of barrel to just fill a spot ?
You claim I have some negative personal issues with Sheldon ! If you don't feel our children are out personal business than No I have no personal issues with Sheldon !
Maybe western should be more concerned with integrity and examples instead of basketball records ! Is basketball or our kids more important ????

godfearing

Again, these foolish actions you speak of, you're basing this off of...media? Your only source being....?
Again, bringing up a "dui" of Mr. Sheldon, wether true or not, shows you have personal issues. I can't get away from looking into your words and hearing personal issues leaking out. You reference Basketball and records, dui, etc. Then you want to generalize about situations you clearly have no details on other than what you have read in the paper and further assuming some teachers you've spoken with?
I realize everyone is entitled to opinion, however, until you step outside of your computer and go have some talks with the powers that be at the school, which may just be enlightening if you would quit acting like an angry teenager, you may never see the reality of daily situations that are dealt with.
Until you act like a parent, you're seen as the child.

samsmith

Since you seem VERY close to Sheldon why don't you enlighten me since I'm so ignorant !

Did he or did he not get a DUI ?

Sid he or did he not have knowledge of threat to teachers and students ?

Did he or did he not have knowledge that a knife was used to threaten another student?

You need more facts to prove Sheldon needs to go?
No I'm acting like a concerned parent !
If you have some facts you would like to provide on why his butt shouldn't be fired we would all love to hear an inside source !

Oh yes and I do talk to teachers! Best way to find out information !
I guess I'm wrong and sheriff Howard is Erin and the staff is wrong and the other hundreds of parents are wrong and staff are all wrong!
You and Sheldon are correct! Lol
(Can we say parent of basketball star??
And for your record : my kids are my business and he will be held accountable either now or possible lawsuit !
Let a judge decide if school is acting carelessly and recklessly !
Hopefully sheriffs office will charge Sheldon !

wr77

No one has mentioned the students that committed these acts. The responsiblity is also on those parties involved. I understand their names not being mentioned but no one on this format has mentioned them. I guess because this format has turned into a modern day witch hunt.The knife incident should have been reported the minute that it happened by the student to one of the band directors, Ms. Border , sheriff deputy or one of the many teachers at that game. We are blessed that nothing happened in either incident!!!! We ONLY have the information printed by NR! We need to be thankful, learn from this and MOVE FORWARD! We are all human and we ALL make mistakes and deserve to learn from those mistakes. That includes Mr.Sheldon, Ms.Border & Mr. Wilson. The students need professional help and need to learn from this as well.
I don't understand all basketball references either. NO ONE at WR cares about sports of any kind over the safety of students and staff!!! Ms.Border,Mr.Sheldon and teachers are forced to deal with students that have ZERO RESPECT FOR RULES AND AUTHORITY. Gone are the days that there are just a few "problem" students that don't listen and follow rules. Most will flaunt "wait until I tell my mom or dad on you" when they get in trouble. We should be raising children that are accountable and respectful. If my children get in trouble at school, they are in worse trouble at home.
Being a school board member has got to be a very thankless job. I believe they must all care about our children or they would not be there. God knows they're not in it for the money.
As far as Mr.Sheldon's past personal issues, they are just that, personal and in his past. He's obviously learned from them. There are others at WR with DUIs and there are others that have just not been caught. I don't hear any of you complaining about them. There are parents with DUIs. I don't hear anyone saying that the parents should be fired from being parents. Grow up and help to be the solution and not the problem. Stop complaining and threatening about the past and help those who are trying to improve life for our children at WR. MOVE ON WITH LIFE AND BE THANFUL TO GOD THAT OUR KIDS AND STAFF ARE ALIVE AND UNHARMED!!!

samsmith

Yes I am thankful no one was hurt ! How about we be proactive now instead if reactive!!!
Still missing the point !
Sheldon did not report not one but two crimes in timely manner !
According to Orc this is a crime !
As far as his DUI ,this is just another so as I say not as I do! I have never had a DUI nor have I ever drove drunk ! People in authority need to set higher standards ! Teenagers are watching !
Sheldon had not right to hide this from parents and not let them make the call whether or not to send their children to school that day! He had no right to not notify sheriffs office and have someone stand by!
This is not his right ! He made the wrong decision twice in a few days of each other and it was pretty serious issues!
I'm not sure why you say it has something to do with parenting skills ! I'm voicing my concern as a parent ! My kids aren't problem children at w.r ! My children play sports and are involved in other activities ! My problem is with Sheldon choices and he has no right to make potentially life and death decisions about my childrens well being when he needs my permission to give them a aspirin !