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Senator Schiavoni pushes for school safety improvements

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - The Senator came to Market Street Elementary in Boardman to outline his proposal to designate state funding to help schools with their individual safety needs.

In the wake of recent school violence in the country, Schiavoni says the Senate School Safety committee heard 30 hours of testimony from school officials across Ohio about their safety concerns, but the end result was disappointing.

"Since that time, the only action that was taken by the General Assembly was giving these schools the authority to pass a safety levy. In my opinion that doesn't get the job done," Schiavoni said.

Many schools need safety improvements that they just can't fit into their local budgets.

"In order to receive funding from the state, each school district would be required to submit an application to the state of Ohio specifically explaining the safety improvements that money would be used for," he said.

Under Schiavoni's bill, safety funding would be distributed based on enrollment; up to $25,000 per year for smaller schools and up to $100,000 for larger districts.

Boardman schools are 50 years old on average and their needs are different than newer buildings. Under the new legislation Boardman would be eligible for $75,000.

"It will give us some flexibility to do things such as improve the locks, improve the doors, put security cameras in and so forth," said Boardman School superintendent Frank Lazzeri.

Girard's Superintendent said the money could help more districts obtain security resource officers.

"This would be very beneficial in many ways to schools across Ohio to help offset the costs," David Cappuzello said.

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