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Jefferson, OH: District adds more security/behavioral staff

Aug 17, 2018, Ashtabula (OH) Star Beacon: Jefferson focusing on school safety, behavior and mental health … The district has ordered door anchors for about 300 doorways in district buildings from Anchorman Inc. of California at about $126 each, for a total cost of about $37,900, Montanaro said. He said the district received an $11,150 discount on the purchase for buying within 30 days of the quote and the administrators chose to recoup at least some of the funds through sponsors like local businesses or families…. The door anchors are “impenetrable” and can be activated by foot from inside a classroom, according to the company’s website. The anchors can also be released from inside the classroom or by first responders outside the classroom, using a special key provided by the company…. Jefferson Police Department officer Greg Korabek began temporary work Thursday as Jefferson Elementary School’s dedicated school resource officer. The department has yet to assign a permanent officer to the school, Montanaro said. This school year marks the second for Rock Creek Elementary’s armed security guard, Tim Gowens, elementary Principal Chris Edison said Thursday…. Newly hired, dedicated case managers from Community Counseling Center stationed at each of the district’s schools also began their in-school work Thursday, Montanaro said…. Rock Creek Elementary, like other district schools, are beginning to implement new behavioral supports systems aimed at reinforcing positive behaviors. A locally sponsored Ohio House bill recently signed into law appropriates funding for schools for those programs…. The district made seven new staffing hires this year, including two Title I tutors, two special educators, one paraprofessional and one nurse’s assistant….

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