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Debate goes on over extrta safety measures at MC schools


At a work session meeting last night, the Marion Center school board set aside extra time to allow members of the public to provide input on extra security measures being considered at the district's buildings.  While School District Solicitor Michael Delaney said the district wasn't legally responsible for providing extra security, many of the parents said they wanted security in some form. 

The major question over having an armed guard or any other security measures was where would the money come from.  Several individuals, including Delaney and School Board Member Lori Marshall, said they didn't want to sacrifice education funds for security.  However, many parents, including Tom Lukehart of Marion Center, said they were willing to have taxes increased to help fund security increases, including armed guards.  Dawn Spence of Indiana said that while she supports security cameras, metal detectors and other items, having a security guard did not add up.

Superintendent Frank Garritano said he was happy to see a lot of community members offering their opinions.  The issue of armed guards will be brought up again next Monday at the regular board meeting, but only for discussion and research.  The board will not be looking to hire anyone just yet.  

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