Ohio Bill Would Allow Schools To Use Levies To Cover Security Costs


UPDATED: Monday March 4, 2013 6:28 PM

School districts strapped for cash may soon have another way to pull money for school security.

An Ohio lawmaker's proposal wants to make it easier for smaller school districts to afford school resource officers common in larger school districts.

Ohio Lawmaker Gayle Manning (R- 13th District), who represents Lorain and Huron counties, will introduce Senate Bill 74 Tuesday.

Manning’s idea is to allow school districts to use a property tax levy exclusively for school safety officers.

Buckeye Valley School District had to cut their security officer when their November school levy failed. The district used to have one school resource officer that would roam between the high school, middle school and two elementary schools.

Manning said many small school districts like Buckeye Valley can't afford to hire a police officer, either in the high school or elementary school.

She hopes her bill would change that.

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