Update for Belpre Parents Concerned

Update 5/21:  Belpre City Schools Superintendent Tony Dunn explained:

“All volunteers who serve in an official capacity within our district are Board approved.  If they serve in a capacity that puts them in a position where they are alone with students, they go through the same FBI/BCI background checks as other school employees.  Student safety is of utmost importance to us and we take all the steps necessary to ensure to the best of our abilities that persons who may do any type of harm to our students do not serve this district in an official capacity and anyone who does serve the district in an official capacity has the proper training to ensure student safety.”

Dunn said Totten does not volunteer in an official capacity.

RCNN asked if there would be security at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.

“We have not asked for any police presence at tonight’s meeting.  We do not expect any loud confrontations and our Board does not allow those types of interactions at their monthly meetings or any special meetings.  Our meetings are orderly, lawful, courteous, and open to the general public.  There is a public participation portion, but the Board will ask anyone with a complaint about an employee or Board member to make them aware of that in Executive Session.  Concerns about programming and procedures are usually handled in open session, but we ask that community members limit their comments to the time-frame listed in BOE policy, 5 minutes.”\

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RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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