Ripon High School Principal Randy Hatlen speaks with the Ripon Area School Board Monday evening.
Ripon High School Principal Randy Hatlen speaks with the Ripon Area School Board Monday evening.

   What had once been a popular job among students has become a burden for Ripon High School as it struggles to find lifeguards for its pool.

   However, with the improvements Ripon High School Principal Randy Hatlen hopes to implement this year after having gained the Ripon Area School Board’s approval, that may change.

   Hatlen appeared before the School Board Monday night to request that members consider his ideas for lifeguard training along with allocating up to $12,000 for additional pool staff, such as a year-round pool director.

   “I ask you to approve it because we’re really making a push to try to get more lifeguards on board because we’ve had trouble with the number of lifeguards that we’ve been able to attract,” Hatlen said.

   He added this isn’t a recent development as the high school has had a hard time attracting interest for the position for the last couple of years.

   Part of the problem is because “unemployment is so low that they will go find a job somewhere else with less training” that is required and that they don’t have to pay for out of pocket, Hatlen noted.

   He hopes to make the life-guarding job more competitive by now offering to cover costs for required training.

Read the full story in the Nov. 22, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.