At last night's meeting, the Marion Center School Board discussed the issue of school security at length, and put together a list of ideas that was started at a previous school board meeting.
The ideas included adding security doors in the hallways of the school that would automatically lock down during a threatening situation, and hiring armed security guards. The board recommended that the administration do some further investigation into barricading entrances, adding more security cameras, and training armed security personnel. Other ideas included the possibility of allowing an employee to volunteer to cary a firearm, investigating lock-down doors, and doing more research into the cost and availability of retired state troopers. School Board President Greg Sacco said that the ideas will be researched further and nothing is off the table.
In other business, the School Board approved a resolution to set a preliminary budget for next month's meeting. That allows the district to apply for any tax increase exceptions above the current index levels if it determines that it needs to.