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Boardman schools gets $67K US grant to enhance security

Published: Sun, November 1, 2009 @ 1:20 p.m.

By Rick Rouan

BOARDMAN — The township police force is so depleted that the number of school buildings in Boardman sometimes outnumbers the police officers charged with protecting them, according to a federal grant proposal.

That is one reason the school system was awarded a $67,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to add more cameras and new classroom locks to some school buildings. The school district wrote the grant with the help of Boardman police.

The grant stipulates that the district must match the $67,000 award to complete the $134,000 project in the next year, said Wendy Carothers, coordinator of special programs.

“The good news is we spend so much on security anyway, but [this will] free up more funding for the district,” Carothers said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


1countyscoop(22 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

And how do you plan to propose doing that without laying off staff in other departments?

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2apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Boardman's financial and manpower problems could easily be fixed. Cut the wages and benefits of the employees by 20% which would put them on even par with the peer communities. Use the 2-3 million dollars in savings to increase manpower by 20. The reason for the manpower shortage, is because of the overpaying of the current employees that happened over the last 20 years from the inheritance windfall.

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3apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

20% wage and benefit cut frees up 2-3 million. Plenty to adequately hire enough safety employees. 20% is almost exactly the amount they are overpaid according to the audit. Taxpayers are already being raped. Enough is enough. No JEDDS, no incorporation, no property tax increases.

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4apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Substandard wages and benefits???

Average PD salary of 80,000 is hardly substandard. In fact, Boardman's employees make way more than Austintown and Miami township, the peers. Even with a 20% cut in wages and benefits, that puts them at the SAME LEVEL as the peers. How about the median household income in Boardman, which is 60,000. That's MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME!!! So all of us making "substandard" wages and no pensions and worse health care, should fund the township so they can have wages and benefits BETTER than the taxpayers???

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5apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Don't worry Foxtrot, the state will be running things soon. Then the overpaid will be forced to take cuts to bring them IN LINE with peers.

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6apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

The answer for people like Foxtrot, a typical Democrat is to always extract more from the taxpayers. The taxpayers MUST always suffer for the public employees so that they can make way more than they should.

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7aeparish(669 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Here's a hint -- watch who's coming in to your city and then maybe you won't have to worry about enhanced security for your schools!

When I went to school, we didn't have security guards and the like. There were cameras throughout the building (half of which were probably fake). On occasion a cop would come to the school if it was necessary, but the school handled the majority on its own.

And guess what. It was only a few years ago that I graduated. You know your city's going to the toilet when its schools can't control its kids without a need for additional (or any major) security.

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8apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Quality people like Kendall and others? Dangerous jobs in Boardman? This isn't New Orleans or Gary Indiana. Safety services in Boardman is about as cream puff as it gets. So we need to pay way more than peer communities for almost zero violent crime and nearly zero real fires? Give me a break, your arguments don't hold water.

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9apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Actually, since I am the employer, I and the other taxpayers who are getting raped, WILL dictate wages and benefits. That's what employers do! The state will soon be dictating everything!

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