Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School Board suggests adding more officers in schools

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Correction: A previous version of this story indicated that the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School Board suggested putting a levy up to pay for school resource officers. A Sugarcreek Twp. administrator made the suggestion.

At a special meeting Monday night the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School Board and city officials talked about student safety.

The focus was on adding more school resource officers to the district.

The district said it only has one part time officer for the middle and high schools.

During the meeting, the board said it would like to see an officer in every building. To pay for it a Sugarcreek Township administrator suggested putting a levy in front of voters. During the meeting the school board “in no way suggested or supported a levy,” according to district officials.

It would be a five year levy and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $20 a year.

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The district also had a plan to create a volunteer active shooter response team.

The school board said candidates for the response team must put in an application, go through an interview process, pass a background check and mental health screening.

They also must go through at least 40 hours of training.

Some parents and community members shared their concerns about the shooter response team.

“So in high stress scenarios once your adrenaline goes up, your ability to make decision goes way, way down. . So the type of training you have to do it’s not the knowledge based training, its the behavior modification training,” Eric Price, a parent said.

Under the board’s new plans teachers will not have guns in classrooms.