One Des Moines County sheriff's deputy currently splits his time serving as a school resource officer in both Mediapolis and Danville, but a second might be coming.
Both schools want an officer to serve them full time, so now county officials are considering the addition of another deputy to the department so both schools can have a law enforcement officer on a daily basis.
Costs for pay and benefits would total about $91,000 for a new officer, Chief Deputy Jeff White told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. The plan would have the schools paying much of the cost for their officer, while the county would pay for three months of the year when school wasn't in session.
"Unfortunately it's a sign of the times," said Sheriff Mike Johnstone. "And a lot of times, it's in no-name places we've never heard of, these shootings. We just want to do the best we can to protect people."
During summer vacation, the officer would help patrol county parks and conservation land, as recent increases in Big Hollow's use have left park rangers tightly staffed.
The full cost for any of the involved entities isn't yet known. Beyond White's figuring, the county would have to pay for a vehicle, uniform and training for the officer.
Such an arrangement would begin with the 2019-2020 school year and is a matter to be considered in the budget cycle beginning at the end of this year.
Supervisors appeared receptive to the idea and asked staff to continue planning and coming up with total costs.
The school's current SRO, Corey Whitaker, said "I think we're getting out in front of what we're going to see in the future, because unfortunately school violence is only going to grow. Hopefully at some point we're going to get a handle on it."
The board canvassed the recent primary election and signed off on official results. Six eligible ballots came in after the unofficial results were released last week. No results were changed by the extra ballots.
The 13 Libertarian ballots cast offered a look into election quirks. The county doesn't normally report the names of write-in votes unless the candidate gets more than 5 percent of the overall vote.
But there were so few Libertarian ballots cast and so few races with any Libertarian candidates in them that some write-in candidates managed to get 33 percent of the vote with only one vote cast in their name.
Someone voted for Kentucky's U.S. Senator Rand Paul to be the U.S. Representative of Iowa's second district, to be Iowa's secretary of state and to be Iowa's state auditor. A few others, such as Dave Loebsack and Bill Monroe, received write-in votes on Libertarian ballots.
Because those write-ins received less than 35 percent of the vote, none actually won a Libertarian nomination, never mind their lack of eligibility.
The county also heard from county health officials encouraging Des Moines County to implement something similar to Story County's ban on using electronic smoking devices to vape in public places. The board seemed disinterested and directed the group to lobby state legislators instead.