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9/19/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Green Local Schools forms Safe School Initiative

GREEN — Green Local Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Miller announced this week that a partnership between the district and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office has helped to develop the Safe School Initiative Program.

The program, set to begin Sept. 23, will focus on elements of safe schools, evidence-based findings from the Secret Service and increased visibility of law enforcement at each school building, according to district officials.

The Sheriff’s Office will provide training to district staff members on the program, and building walk-throughs by law enforcement officials are scheduled.

“Student safety is an integral part of our mission,” said Miller. “The Safe School Initiative program enhances the security for our students and staff. We are grateful to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for partnering with our school district for the betterment of our students.”

“We have been working collaboratively with the school system for the past five months to create a comprehensive plan that focuses on the coordination of first responders, increased visibility of law enforcement in the schools and emergency management,” said Sheriff’s Office Lt. Douglas Smith.

In addition to the Safe School Initiative program, the Green Local Schools safety plan incorporates the following safety and security functions:

  • monthly fire drills in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and in coordination with the Green Fire Department at all school buildings;
  • an annual lockdown drill in accordance with the ORC and in coordination with the Sheriff’s Office at all school buildings;
  • tornado drills in April and May at all school buildings;
  • a reference guide for school emergency procedures for all staff;
  • a $500,000 investment to secure entrances at all school buildings, including state-of-the-art security vestibules at Green Middle School and Green High School and visitor access procedures at all buildings; and
  • a full-time school resource officer from the Sheriff’s Office.

School district officials state they are fully compliant with ORC 3313.536 (HB 422), which requires each school district to file a comprehensive school safety plan and floor plan for each school building under the board’s or governing authority’s control.


Meth Lab Community Forum set for Sept. 25

DOWNTOWN AKRON — To share the latest information about today’s methamphetamine labs — including what to look for, where to report and the health risks — Summit County Children Services and the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board are co-sponsoring the Second Annual Meth Lab Community Forum set for Sept. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St.

The event is free and open to the public.

According to event organizers, plastic or glass bottles and other easily accessible household products are used every day to make meth in neighborhoods throughout this area. Meth labs can be found anywhere — a house, the trunk of a car or a neighborhood park, according to organizers.

Presenting at the forum will be Lt. Brian Simcox and Officer Chris Crockett, of the Akron Police Department; retired Summit County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Hylton Baker; Becky Mundy, BSN, RN, burn unit education coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital; and special guest speaker Apryl Miller, who will share her journey from being a former meth cook and user to her life today — sober for more than two years and working at Interval Brotherhood Home with other people in recovery.

Immediately prior to the forum, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., free resource material will be available from community organizations.

For details on the event, call Summit County Children Services at 330-379-2090 or visit www.summitkids.org.


Juvenile court seeking students for advisory board

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio has announced that the court is seeking applicants from county high schools to serve on the court’s High School Advisory Board.

The students should have a strong grasp of issues germane to their school and their community, as well as issues that confront today’s young adults. Board members will hold a series of discussions with court staff to get their input on a variety of matters concerning the court and its programming.

The court is contacting high school administrators for candidates, but nominations are open to anyone who would like to submit a student’s name for consideration. A nomination form can be found by visiting juvenilecourt.summitoh.net and clicking on “Forms” under the “General Information” drop-down menu. Mail nominations to: Don Ursetti, 650 Dan St., Akron, OH 44310-3989. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 27.


Elder abuse prevention conference set for Sept. 27

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Summit County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition will present “Potential Dangers and Protective Measures: Safety for Elders and Staff” Sept. 27 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Akron City Hospital in the Professional Center South Auditorium, 55 S. Arch St.

The keynote speaker will be Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Teodosio. Other speakers will include Detective Lt. Richard Munsey, of the Bath Police Department; Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Felicia Easter; Victim Assistance Program Executive Director Leanne Graham; Battered Women’s Shelter Executive Director Terri Heckman; Naomi White and Becky Thomas, representatives of The University of Akron School of Social Work; Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mark Carroll, medical director of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; and a panel of Carroll, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services Assistant Director Frances Ladd and Deputy Health Commissioner Donna Skoda, of Summit County Public Health.

Continuing nurse education is available for social workers.

The registration deadline is today, Sept. 20. For more information, call 330-252-9320.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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