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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow SCHOOL BOARD OKS BADGE POLICY


DISTRICT ID: La Grande School District employees will be wearing badges like this one. (File photo).
DISTRICT ID: La Grande School District employees will be wearing badges like this one. (File photo).

By The Observer

It is now easier than ever for community members to be on a first-name basis with La Grande School District employees.

The La Grande School Board adopted a policy Wednesday requiring that all district employees wear identification badges. The laminated cards, worn with a neck strap, show each individuals name and job title.

The intent of the badge program is to heighten security, said La Grande School District Superintendent Dan Arriola. He said it will make it easy to identify anyone who is not authorized to be in a school building.

School volunteers and visitors have been required to wear badges for several years.

The badge program has been in effect for all schools on a voluntary basis since August. Arriola said that about 90 percent of the districts employees have been complying with the program.

The superintendent said he has received only positive feedback about the badges.

The school board approved the policy by a vote of 3-1. Glen Herman, Kathleen Cathey and Guy Weishaar voted for the policy. Shari Bennett voted against the policy and Sandra Roth abstained from voting.

Bennett said she believed that there should have been more time for people to give input on the policy.

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