Buckeye Local school board members met

YORKVILLE – Buckeye Local School District school board members held their regular monthly meeting Monday at the senior apartment complex and saw a packed house of area residents.

School safety once again topped the agenda.

Classes throughout the district had been canceled Monday, which leaves the school district with no more calamity days for the remainder of the academic year.

Any additional school cancellations would impact the end-of-year schedule, officials said.

School safety issues, resources and assessments were discussed, with board members hearing from Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla and from Jefferson Security Inc. President Karen D’Anniballe.

No votes were taken to support any particular track in the immediate future, though both Abdalla and D’Anniballe offered to provide the board with additional staffing options for consideration.

Board members said they hope to expand the current resource officer program to representation in each of the district’s buildings through funding realized in passage of the upcoming levy on the May ballot.

The district’s resource officer’s presence at the high school was highlighted for providing a visible deterrent to potential threats targeting the school or students and teachers. Also, board members said having a sheriff’s department vehicle at a school building is beneficial.