Streetsboro mayor proposes armed guards in schools

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STREETSBORO, OHIO - One week after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, the Streetsboro mayor is proposing a school security levy that would place two armed guards inside every school in the district.

"I don't think there is any cost that is too steep to make sure our children feel safe," said Mayor Glenn Broska.

Under the mayor's proposal, he says a one and a half mill levy could be placed on the ballot as soon as November. Mayor Broska estimates it would cost the average taxpayer an additional $50 to $100 per year and generate around $600,000. The proposal would need the approval of the school board.

The idea - first mentioned on social media - explains how a total of eight trained security guards would be placed at the school as opposed to police officers, a stipulation that makes some taxpayers uncomfortable.

"It's a little bit funny if we're going to have security guards or something new because them guys get trigger happy," said Russell Schrecengost.

Other taxpayers and parents disagree and argue this is the type of solution necessary to keep students safe.

"There's been too many disasters with the schools these days and me as a parent, I am nervous that it could happen to my kid," said parent Ashley Moon.

Wednesday morning, Streetsboro Police responded to a threat at the high school. According to police, no students or staff were placed in any danger. The incident, for some, is another reminder that more protections are needed.

"My sphere of influence is 24.8 square miles of the city of Streetsboro," said Mayor Broska. "These people are my family. I really do believe that and it's my job  -my police department my fire department and the schools' job - to make sure that these kids and the people that are in the schools stay safe. "

Fox 8 reached out to Streetsboro Police who issued a no comment statement.

The Board of Education had this to say:

In a recent Facebook post, Streetsboro Mayor Glenn Broska expressed his concern about the acts of violence perpetrated on school campuses across the country. As a local solution, the Mayor proposed that the Board of Education pursue a “Security Levy,” in order to pay for armed guards outside of the Streetsboro City
School District’s buildings. The Board of Education appreciates the Mayor’s concern for the safety and well-being of the District’s students. The Board of Education takes student safety seriously and is open to discussing the ways in which building security can be improved and will consider the Mayor’s suggestions. In the interim, the Board of Education extends an invitation to the Mayor’s Office to meet and discuss ways in which the City of Streetsboro’s current resources may be used to improve the safety and security of District buildings. Additionally, The Board of Education would welcome and support the Mayor if he were to put a levy on the ballot for the purposes of providing additional police officers in our schools and other safety enhancements. The City of Ravenna recently passed a .25 percent income tax for additional safety forces which benefit the city and schools. If the Mayor were to put an issue on the ballot similar to the one in Ravenna, it could be a win for both our students and staff as well as the citizens of Streetsboro.

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