(Middleburg Heights) - The city of Middleburg Heights is spending $38,00 to hire a pair of former Secret Service directors to evaluate security in the city's four schools.
Mayor Gary Starr calls "Operation: Protect Our Children” an investment in the city's kids after what happened in Chardon and Newtown, Connecticut.
Hours after the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Starr says he began gathering information and making phone calls to his police chief and safety director. He wanted to develop a program to protect children in Middleburg Heights Schools.
That following Monday, Starr bumped up security in each school and increased patrols surrounding the school areas.
On Tuesday, Starr introduced an ordinance unveiling his plan to hire two former United States Secret Service Directors, Lewis C. Merletti and Eljay B. Bowron, and their associates at Torchstone Global, LLC. Council passed the ordinance unanimously.
They will provide, review and assess the city’s current safety, security and response crisis plan in an effort to protect and secure more than 3,500 students who attend schools in Middleburg Heights.
Starr says the evaluation will take about a month, and they'll impliment suggestions in time for the next school year.
Starr and members of city council hope "Operation: Protect Our Children” will serve as a model in Cuyahoga County and possibly throughout our Country.
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