Where’s Jim? Campus Monitor Jim Wilpolt on Leave for Surgery

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Courtesy of Steve Abeyta

Arika Rooney, Business Manager

If you’ve ever gone off campus for lunch, gotten a parking pass, or seen a golf cart steering around campus drive, then you probably know who Jim Wilpolt is. Jim has been a Campus Monitor with BVSD for a total of 14 years, 11 of those here at monarch.

He will be on leave for the next few months. He has cancer. Wilpolt has a tumor under his tongue and in his lymph-nodes. Monday October 1st he underwent a 12-hour-operation to remove his tumors.

“Everything went really good… He was up and walking around the next morning,” said Security Guard Stephen Abeyta, head of campus security at Monarch. Wilpolt will be back in three months, on January 8th.

Wilpolt, known by students as Jim, is always friendly and highly respected. He is never without his golf cart and a smile. Wilpolt says the thing he will miss the most about Monarch is the fact that “all the kids are special it doesn’t matter who it is”.

Students wanting to support Wilpolt can bring letters or notes to the attendance office and Abeyta will deliver them. Everyone at Monarch will be affected by Wilpolt’s absence,  but it won’t be for too long.