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Yorkville District 115 officials finalizing reciprocal reporting pact with sheriff's office

Yorkville School District 115 Superintendent Tim Shimp listens during a Monday, Sept. 9 school board committee meeting in Yorkville.
Yorkville School District 115 Superintendent Tim Shimp listens during a Monday, Sept. 9 school board committee meeting in Yorkville.

YORKVILLE – Yorkville School District 115 and Kendall County Sheriff's Office officials are almost finished with creating a mutual reciprocal reporting agreement between the two agencies, according to school district officials.

Tim Shimp, superintendent for Yorkville schools, said during the district's Board of Education operational excellence committee meeting on Monday, Sept. 9 that he believes the sheriff's office has similar agreements with other area school districts, including Oswego School District 308. He said Yorkville's district currently doesn't have that kind of agreement with the office.

Shimp said the intergovernmental agreement would help with situations that may be important for sheriff's officials to know but might not be criminal or immediate in nature, like if deputies are interacting with kids on the street or if there's a family situation that is important for police to be aware of.

"We're always going to work on being considerate of students and of the best interest of kids in a family situation," Shimp said.

Shimp said there was no specific incident that spurred the need for this type of agreement. He said he anticipates the final draft to come before the full school board by the end of the month.

“It’s been something we’ve been working on since last spring, so we’re just getting to the point where it’s finalized and get it approved,” Shimp said.

Shimp said he also met with Yorkville Police Chief Jim Jensen last week to discuss creating a similar agreement with the city's police department and that drafting will continue in the next few months. He said the school district also doesn't have a similar reciprocal reporting agreement with the police department currently.

The next full school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Yorkville High School, 797 Game Farm Road.

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