Stow and Munroe Falls have taken another step to make schools safer, even after the day is over.
On Monday night, the Stow-Munroe Falls school board passed a resolution that allows active and retired police officers from the Stow and Munroe Falls police departments to carry concealed weapons on school grounds during after-hour events, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.
"Allowing off duty officers to carry their weapons to events at our schools provides an additional layer of protection in case a crisis should occur,” Superintendent Russ Jones told the Beacon.
Both cities and the school district have made safety a top priority after the shooting in Newtown, CT, in December. Stow Mayor Sara Drew appointed 10 people to a task force that will address safety not only in the schools but also public buildings.
Jones is a member of the task force. He was not able to attend the first meeting, but school board member Karen Wright was present.
The next safety task force meeting is at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7 in Council Chambers.
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