Green Board Approves Security and Safety Levy

Green Board of Education Approves Security and Safety Levy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2018

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Julie McMahan - Director of Communication and Community Relations Green Local Schools
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Green, OH – The Green Local Schools Board of Education has approved a 1.0 mill tax levy for the 
purpose of providing for school safety and security.  The 5 – 0 vote came after a special meeting 
held on May 1, 2018.  At the regular April 23, 2018 meeting, the school board adopted a resolution 
pursuant to Section 5705.03 of the Revised Code declaring it necessary to levy an additional 
1.0-mill tax levy for the purpose of providing for school safety and security, for five years. Upon 
passage, $777,653 would be generated annually during the life of the levy for the purpose of 
increasing safety and security throughout the district.

The decision to move forward with a special levy resulted in part from recent national tragedies 
and the comments, concerns, questions and feedback of the over three hundred individuals and law 
enforcement specialists who attended the district’s community security and safety meeting on March 
1st.

“We have heard the community’s concerns.  It is now the board and administration’s responsibility 
to take the next step to create and maintain the level of safety and security our families and 
taxpayers expect and deserve with sustainability,” stated Bob Campbell, board president.  Campbell 
added every safety and security concept, training and device has been on the table for 
conversation. “The district has spent a great deal of time prioritizing and moving forward with 
suggestions, best practices utilizing our law enforcement experts with each step.”

Passage of the levy, while not inclusive, would fund four additional School Resource Officers, 
placing one at each school; a mental health initiative including dedicated mental health 
professionals and two elementary age CARE teams; lockdown kits in every classroom and software and 
hardware upgrades to include but not limited to alarms, sensors and cameras.

Jeff Miller, Superintendent, stated the placement of the levy in August is crucial. “The timing is 
pertinent for the start of our new school year.  The goal is for every student, every staff member, 
every parent and every visitor in the district to have a sense of security on opening day.  Passage 
of an August levy ensures many of the components can be in place on day one, and provide 
sustainable funding for safety and security improvements.”

Campbell added, “We are carrying forward the message delivered to us.  Make our schools as safe as 
possible.”

The special safety and security levy will appear on the August 7, 2018 ballot.

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