City of Tallmadge and Tallmadge City Schools to host 'Community Safety' meeting April 3

Mayor, schools superintendent create task force to reassure public that city and school spaces are safe.

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- The city of Tallmadge and Tallmadge City Schools are inviting the public to attend a "Community Safety" meeting at the Tallmadge High School Theater from 7-9 p.m. April 3.

Mayor Dave Kline, Police Chief Donald Zesiger and members of the police department will discuss what the city is doing to make the public buildings, parks and city-owned land safe. Superintendent Jeff Ferguson will talk about the same for the school district.

Kline said the meeting came out of a recently created task force, which seeks to inform the public about what the city and schools are doing for security and let it know that measures were in place before the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., last December.

"We're trying to re-ensure the public we are not just sitting still after the Connecticut stuff; we've been doing stuff for a long time prior to that," Kline said.

Each building in the school district now has walkie-talkies that allow staff to better communicate within and between the buildings, and staff throughout the school district will be continuing with crisis management training this spring. The Board of Education is considering a proposal to build secure vestibules onto its elementary schools.

The first portion of the meeting will feature speakers, including Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Teodosio and Georgette Constantinou, Ph.D., administrative director of the Division of Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology at Akron Children's Hospital.

Constantinou will discuss the warning signs, symptoms and behavior of those, especially children, who are in distress and may be in need of help.

Attendees will be invited to comment and ask questions about the presentations and make suggestions about security.

Email: hschoenstein@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9428

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