Streetsboro leaders discuss school safety

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Streetsboro -- Mayor Glenn Broska, along with Streetsboro Police and Fire Department officials, met Dec. 20 with the city's school leadership to tour each school building in the district, Fire Lt. Kevin Grimm said. He said the purpose of this tour was to ensure all safety forces were familiar with the current safety features and practices in place and unique to each building. This was also an opportunity for safety officials to address various concerns related to building access.

School and city officials have worked together on many areas pertaining to school safety well before the tragedy last week at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Grimm said.

Over the last few years, police and fire officials met with school administrators to revise and expand the district safety plan, he said.

"The police and fire departments have remained active in conducting school drills, addressing any new issues or concerns as they come up, to ensure the continued safety of all students and staff at each building," Grimm said.

Recently, school officials announced that they will continue to pursue staff instruction and implementation of ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate) training across the entire school district, he said. Additional training opportunities at the schools for police officers are also being discussed.

A training exercise involving safety forces from the city and other resources throughout Portage County was discussed by Fire Chief Robert Reinholz. Additional discussions and planning will take place before finalizing any plans, Grimm said.

"The city of Streetsboro and the Streetsboro City Schools are proud of their ongoing partnership and are committed to working together to address other issues and concerns," Grimm said. "Several areas of interest were identified by both city and school officials during the tours and are currently being addressed.

Broska requested the group reconvene in early January at Streetsboro City Hall to review the progress made and map out the next steps, including funding needs and options."

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