Buckeye enters into training, safety contract

DILLONVALE – Members of the the Buckeye Local Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to establish a one-year contact with Special Tactics and Rescue Training LLC to develop threat and safety assessments for the district’s buildings and employees.

Retired Navy SEAL Frank Hoagland, founder and head of the Mingo Junction-based company, told board members the contract was signed early this month and his assessment team has started its initial efforts to identify areas of concern.

Hoagland’s team will continue to conduct the pass-through efforts at each site and develop assessments and recommendations specific to each building.

Hoagland told board members there have already been changes initiated at the high school, including adjustments to the district’s resource officer’s efforts.

He also told members of the board he has become aware of similar safety and prevention efforts in other local school districts.

In other business, Scott Celestin, the district’s transportation coordinator, told the board he does not anticipate any major problems as the district’s students begin the 2013-14 school year. According to Celestin, routes put into place last year will remain largely the same.

Buckeye Local bus drivers log approximately 2,000 miles daily, board members learned. It was noted that the district is waiting delivery of a new bus. Celestin said he can be contacted at (740) 769-7395 or (740) 769-2234.