Bay Village Schools Host Community Meeting on School Safety Thurs., Oct. 18

The Bay Village City School District will host a Community Meeting on School Safety on Thursday, October 18, from 7-9 p.m. at the Bay High School auditorium.

Superintendent Jodie Hausmann will moderate and present a lineup of speakers on various topics about how the district is addressing school safety. Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar and Police Chief Mark Spaetzel will speak about school/city safety collaborations.

Bay Village Police Detective Kevin Krolkoski will review how police train in the schools with school staff for violent intruder situations.

Bay Middle School principal Sean McAndrews, Bay High Principal Jason Martin and Bay High Assistant Principal Aaron Ereditario will address how safety threats and concerns are handled at the adolescent level.

Mental Health and Wellness programs for students will be presented by Assistant Superintendent of Special Services Marty Patton and Mary Wise, a social services coordinator with the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center.

School counselor Megan Basel will discuss the Youth Mental Health First Aid program that has been presented to school staff and community members over the past year. She will explain how it continues to give adults the skills they need to recognize signs of mental health issues in adolescents.

Facilities and communications safety consultant Mike Hartenstein will review improvements being planned for school buildings to support safety and security.

There will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation, and all Bay Village residents are invited to attend.

“We know that school safety is at the top of the mind for many people right now,” said Superintendent Hausmann. “We want our residents, parents, staff and students to know that it is our highest priority. We hope that this meeting can be another opportunity to inform everyone and to get their questions answered as best we can.”

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