Voters in Green to decide on safety and security enhancements for schools

August 7, 2018

Voters in Green to decide on safety and security enhancements for schools

GREEN, Ohio – Voters in Green will head to the polls to decide on a school levy in today’s special election, geared for the safety and security of the district’s schools.

If approved, the 1-mil property tax, dubbed Safer Green Schools, will cost homeowners $3 per month for five years on homes valued at $100,000.

The money will fund:

four additional armed and trained Summit County Sheriff School Resource Officers – one for each school building.two C.A.R.E. teams (coordinate, align, resources, engage, empower, educate), including two family support specialists and a full-time early childhood mental health consultant. The teams will work inside and out of school to provide mental health support for elementary school students and their families.Upgraded security infrastructure, such as lockdown kits for the classrooms, including alarms, sensors and cameras.

In a video on the Safer Green Schools website, school board member Katie Stoynoff said the district has also pursued grants to help pay for safety and security upgrades for the schools.

But grant dollars often are specific and don’t cover what the district needs to enhance its safety plan, she said.

“We can’t grant our way out of this need because grants pay for very specific things,” Stoynoff said.

If approved, the levy will generate about $777,000 per year. Eighty percent of the money will pay for the resource officers and C.A.R.E. team personnel, and the rest for updating security infrastructure in the schools.

Polls are open in Summit County until 7:30 p.m. Find polling locations here.

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