Stow Patch first announced on Facebook Thursday night the mayor's recommendation to increase income taxes so more police officers will be present in the district's nine schools. Join the conversation and tell everyone your opinion.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ken Trump, a nationally known school security expert, is trying to add context to the nation-wide discussion of school safety.
After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, school security has once again become a main issue in education. On Monday, school security expert Ken Trump, president and CEO of National School Safety and Security Services, gave a presentation for the Solon City School District putting the topic of school safety into context. While he is conducting an in-depth analysis of the security in Solon schools, his message to parents is applicable to everyone. A father of two himself, Trump said the Sandy Hook tragedy was a punch to the gut for everyone. "It left a psychological scar on all of us," he said. Trump thinks our society is seeing a decrease in prevention, intervention, security, preparedness and training while there is …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The first meeting was Thursday night.
One thing was clear after the first meeting of Mayor Sara Drew's safety task force: School and public institution safety is a complex issue. The 10 task force members gathered Thursday in front of a small audience in City Hall's Boards and Commissions room. Stow-Munroe Falls Superintendent Russ Jones was not present. Before they got down to business, Drew asked audience members if anyone had suggestions. Clinton resident Don Michael suggested each building have a covered walkway with metal detectors. He said if someone walks through the metal detector with a weapon, the walkway will close at both ends and the perpetrator will be locked in until police arrive. Resident Kevin Clark suggested the district close a school building. "We have 700…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The mayoral task force has its first meeting tonight at 5 p.m.
The first step for any new project is organization, and that's what Mayor Sara Drew hopes to accomplish at Thursday's meeting of the school safety task force. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the boards and commissions room at City Hall. Drew has appointed nine area officials to the task force and has asked them to find permanent and sustainable solutions to the issue of enhanced security in Stow-Munroe Falls Public Schools and other public institutions in the city. This is in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT, and from several residents asking what Stow's plan of action is. "There have been several questions about the levels of security knowledge on the task force," Drew said. "We have the two police chiefs and we also have Dave …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The task force has until March to come up with a plan to present to city council.
Mayor Sara Drew created a task force to look at permanent and sustainable solutions to the issue of enhanced security in Stow-Munroe Falls Public Schools and other public institutions in the city following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The appointed task force is charged with assessing options and presenting to Stow City Council and the community possible ways to have an enhanced security presence and preventive measures in the schools, library and other public buildings. Drew has given the task force until March 31 to present their ideas to the public. "The community has rightfully and clearly stated that the issue of security in our schools and other public buildings is of great concern," Drew said. "The appointment of this …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Local leaders will meet regularly and discuss how the municipalities and Stow-Munroe Falls Schools can pool their resources to help ensure the safety of the district's students, faculty and staff.
Just days after the tragedy in CT, Mayor Sara Drew announced that officials from Stow, Munroe Falls and the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools will meet regularly to discuss how security can be enhanced within the district. The aim is to work toward a sustainable plan for school security, according to a City of Stow press release. Drew met with Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson and Stow-Munroe Falls Schools Superintendent Russ Jones Tuesday and began developing a prospective plan, which could include a permanently enhanced police presence in the school district. Subsequent discussions with local safety forces will take place to determine whether the plan is feasible. On Monday, Jones issued a statement saying there would be a heavy police …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Following Friday's massacre in Newtown, CT, Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker has offered input on the comprehensive security plan set in place by his department.
Last week, the U.S. experienced one of its worst tragedies in recent memory when Adam Lanza opened fire in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, killing 20 children and 6 adults. As students nationwide returned to school Monday, several questions loom regarding the safety of America’s youth. To address concerns on the local level, Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker offered the following message on department's Facebook page: The Stow Police Department in conjunction with the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for the students and faculty of our schools. In keeping with that commitment, the Stow Police Department is working with the Administration of the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools …