Bruce F. Griffin
COPLEY: The Copley-Fairlawn school district stepped up police presence in its schools the week following the massacre in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead, including 20 children.
Police regularly patrol both inside and outside the schools, but since Friday their presence has been increased, said Copley Police Chief Michael Mier at a Wednesday board of trustees meeting.
Following news of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he said he received calls from parents concerned about local school security.
Police and emergency services personnel regularly train at the schools. The district has had a longstanding state-mandated emergency response policy for some time and that has been kept current.
"We do practice on a regular basis with them," Mier said. He added "the district has been very good" in allowing emergency services and police to train in the schools.
Wednesday meeting, the last board of trustees meeting in 2012, began with officials and spectators standing in a moment of silence for the victims of last Friday's shooting rampage. The gunman also killed his mother at her home before committing suicide after the shootings at the elementary school.
In 2011, Copley joined a sad list of mass shootings when on Aug. 7 a lone gunman shot and killed seven before he was killed by police gunfire. The dead included two elderly neighbors and their 44-year-old son, two 16-year-old girls --both were Copley High School students, a 51-year-old father and his 11-year-old son.
In other business, in an unanimous vote, trustees approved a $12,895,250.49 temporary appropriations budget for 2013. That budget is $87,566.84 higher than the previous year, according to figures from township Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall.