Beloit City Council & USD 273 Discuss Possible New Position


The Beloit City Council met on Tuesday evening.

The concept of a School Resource Officer was discussed.

According to Beloit USD 273 Superintendent, Jeff Travis, The City of Beloit and USD 273 have previously had discussions about this possible position and tells KD Country 94 & Z96.3 some of the things a school resource officer would do if this position were to be created.

Travis also pointed out that a school resource officer would not be there to enforce school rules or be substitute for any position at the school.

Travis added, a school resource officer would likely spend time in the elementary school, the high school and the Alternative Learning Center on a rotating basis.

At the city council meeting, it was anticipated that the cost of this position would be between $40,000 and $60,000. The City and USD 273 would collaborate to create a definite job description and a course of study the officer must complete before beginning work as a Resource Officer.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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