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School Safety Resolution

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The resolution also advocates for the government to prioritize and better fund school safety efforts, following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida. The resolution also advocates for the government to prioritize and better fund school safety efforts, following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Some local school districts already have safety measures in place, and additional funds would help the districts' bottom line. Some local school districts already have safety measures in place, and additional funds would help the districts' bottom line.

 The Ohio School Boards Association is asking districts to adopt a new resolution that calls school violence “an epidemic."

The resolution also advocates for the government to prioritize and better fund school safety efforts, following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida. Some local school districts already have safety measures in place, and additional funds would help the districts' bottom line. 

According to Elida School District Superintendent Joel Mengerink, "From a safety stand point it would just give us you know the money that we use to pay for the cameras, for the door locking, things of that nature, all come out of the general fund. So anything that the state could do to help alleviate some of that, I'm sure you're well aware of how expensive cameras and the door lock type systems can be, it certainly be much needed."

School boards that pass the resolution would be urging state and federal lawmakers to better fund school safety measures, school employee training on responding to violence and enhance health services and substance abuse treatment.

Lima City Schools Superintendent Jill Ackerman stated, "We now have a school resource officer in all of our buildings and that's all stuff that's all paid for out of the general fund. Security cameras, trainings that we do for our staff, we do ALICE training, we have staff members that we’ve sent to Washington, they're trained, we have a threat assessment team, highly trained people, all of those things are coming from our general fund budget, which really we should be using to educate our kids."

The resolution would also urge lawmakers, the governor and the president to balance the safety of students and teachers with citizens’ right to have firearms.
 

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