Buckeye BOE again discusses enhanced safety

YORKVILLE — Buckeye Local School District Board of Education members held their regular monthly meeting at a senior apartment complex in Yorkville Monday.?A packed house of area residents were in attendance with the topic of school safety once again topping the agenda, as well as contract renewals for various employees.

Classes throughout the district were canceled Monday, which left Buckeye Local with no more calamity days to use for the balance of the academic year.

Any additional school cancellations would be expected to impact end of year schedules currently in place.

School safety issues, resources and assessments were discussed with board members hearing from Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla and from Jefferson Security Inc. President Karen D’Anniballe.

No votes were put in place to support any particular track in the immediate future, though both Abdalla and D’Anniballe offered to provide the board with additional staffing options for their consideration, if they decide to move on any other program tactics prior to the May election.

Board members agreed their hope is to be able to expand the current resource officer program to representation in each of the district’s buildings through funding they hope will be realized through passage of the upcoming levy vote in May.

The district’s resource officer’s presence at the high school on a daily basis was highlighted as not only providing a visible deterrent to potential threats targeting the school or its occupants, but that simply having the department’s vehicle in the school lot provides immediate access to potentially faster pursuit opportunities when needed.

Having a sheriff’s department vehicle at a school building – out in a certain part of the district and not at the headquarters essentially provides another location from which a deputy can respond to a potential emergency in the expansive district while others could be sent from the department’s central location in Steubenville. The expected reality being identified reductions in response times to potential emergency situations at the district’s buildings.

Board members also learned school district officials have been aggressively responding to issues that emerge on a day to day basis such as the need for substitute teachers to have anticipated identification and key resources made available when they report for work at any of the buildings.

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