October 21, 2014

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Off-duty police to regularly patrol Wellington schools

WELLINGTON — Wellington Schools has entered into an agreement with the Wellington Police Department, which will provide off-duty police officers at the school.

Superintendent John Nolan said the off-duty officers will patrol the school buildings at a cost of no more than $30,000, which will come from the district’s general fund. The village was offered $15,000 in state funding for a school resource officer, but Nolan said the village turned the money down because hiring a school resource officer would affect the village’s health care costs.

Hiring a school resource officer would cause 50 employees to be on the payroll, Nolan said. The number would require the village to offer different health benefits that could be more costly.

The agreement between the school district and the police department was approved by the Wellington school board Wednesday night, and the off-duty officers will work at the school during the day.

Nolan said a police presence was necessary at the school because of “the times that we live in.” He said an officer could deter crime as well as handle a variety of issues.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123  or cmiller@chroniclet.com.


  • Smira29595

    Can’t have 50 employees, or ObamaoCare kicks in. A Good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun OHHHHHH the Irony…..

    • Derp

      So ObamaCare is responsible for off duty cops patrolling schools now?

      Man you guys are way off the deep end.

      • Smira29595

        Did you read the article? “Hiring a school resource officer would cause 50 employees to be on the payroll, Nolan said. The number would require the village to offer different health benefits that could be more costly.”

      • Smira29595

        Wow comment removed. The article clearly states that hiring another employee would put them at 50, The magic number for ObamaoCare to kick in whether it is a cop, janitor or teacher. It is so easy even a liberal can understand it.

        • Sue Lawson

          Wouldn’t he be getting healthcare from his job as a policeman?

          • Smira29595

            I believe it would change health care rules for all the employees.

          • Sue Lawson

            Oh I don’t know enough about it. I know my insurance, Athem, sent me a letter saying it will stay the same.

  • ExVaultDweller

    Police state…

  • Mike wowk

    Good idea, just one off duty officer making a random route of all the different city schools and don’t get in a pattern with the same time every day. And boy…. Obamacare? LOL ya think?

    • Smira29595

      Ironic ain’t it LOL

  • thewatcher

    Please Mr. Nolan and school board are you kidding? You are not that advanced in the times as others. School hall monitor would be enough. As for the 50 employees how about the people of the village should not have to pay the extra months the officer was off in the summer while the people in the country reap the benefits without paying. Or lets check on the schools hiring practice. HMM how many family members less qualified get a job over outsiders that are way more qualified? Can you say DISCRIMINATION
    ON

    • Sue Lawson

      Eventually something has to give because we taxpayers/property owners are not going to be able to sustain more taxes. I e-mail and call Kasich because when he was running for governor the first time he said he would fix the school funding, uh-huh.

  • mspatdev

    I hope obammy is very happy with his obammycare. The start of great companies beginning to crumble. Also, since everyone is going to go part-time, then there will be a lot of job hopping? How about the states west of the Mississippi River that have long distances to there jobs. Part-time isn’t going to work. He has planned this when he was in the Senate, to destroy the USA and he needs obammycare to do it. This will lead to a single payer system and he has control of everything in Congress. Only he doesn’t know how resilient that the USA people are. He wasn’t born in the USA. He didn’t really go to school in the USA. The schools he went to, he wasn’t in school all of the time. WE CAN BEAT obammycare. We are the people of a free nation. The government doesn’t own us, we own them.

    • Sue Lawson

      I wonder what will happen in Massachusetts since they already have RomneyCare and supposedly ObamaCare is the same. hmmmm.

      • mspatdev

        They hit the jackpot. They get two and we get obammycare. I think that Mass. is keeping the Romneycare.

        • Sue Lawson

          I think Obamacare is just like Romneycare. I know I received a letter from my insurance saying everything will stay the same. I pay over 500.00 a month and it goes up every year on my birthday, I am 58. Even though I pay that much I am still going to have to pay 300.00-500.00 out of pocket for a test I am going to have. I was hoping with Obamacare I would be able to get cheaper insurance. Have a good day.

          • mspatdev

            If you are going to have major tests and any kind of surgeries then do it before Jan. 1,2014, otherwise you may get it or you may have to wait for months.

      • Pablo Jones

        Massachusetts gets to pass any extra cost onto the Federal Government (and the significant increase in premiums of those insured). Who will the Federal government pass the extra cost on to? The tax payers or just increase the debt?

    • Bob Owens

      It’s the LAW of the land. Get over it. Birther madness.

      • Bob Owens

        “It’s awfully hard to repeal Obamacare when a guy named Obama is president of the United States.”- Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) LOL.

      • Smira29595

        As a Disabled Combat Veteran(100%) and a retired employee
        with the VA health Care system I have some unique experience….. That
        being said I will tell you a few things about this “wonderful”
        System…..Socialized Medicine at it’s best! First the Cleveland VA
        system does NOT even have a gynecologist for the female veteran…. we
        make up about 15%. This becomes a big problem if you need something
        such as a hysterectomy, I was lucky I had private insurance to fall
        back on and ALL co pays came out of my pocket! Second I had a
        routine blood test done about 4 years ago… My white blood cell count
        was double what it should have been….. A consult was sent to
        oncology…. 5 years later I am am still waiting…(Again I was able
        to use my private insurance to get test to include a blood marrow
        test done within 2 days.) I was lucky was not leukemia. My husband has had a
        few biopsies done. “well we don’t know what it is but it is not
        cancer” end of story…. If you need an appointment you will need to
        wait weeks before being seen! For all of you who want this system
        be careful what you ask for you just might get our “wonderful”
        SYSTEM!!! Welcome to Our MEDICAL NIGHTMARE!!!

        • Zen Grouch

          ***Second I had a routine blood test done about 4 years ago… My white blood cell count was double what it should have been….. A consult was sent to oncology…. 5 years later I am am still waiting…***

          You’re either a liar or WAY more stupid than even I suspected!

          You claimed to be smart enough to retire at 44 on a 6 figure retirement income…

          …YET! you wait 5 years for the results of a very important test regarding a life and death situation, BECAUSE your insurance and the big bad VA are dragging their feet?!

          Obviously Hubby feels, as you must, that your life isn’t worth shelling out some of those big bucks you’re raking in for the care that you so badly needed!

          …see what I mean?

          **liar, liar pants on fire!**

          • Smira29595

            Can you read???????? I went to a private oncologist at Ireland cancer center………. Had an appoint in 2 days with a bone marrow test………… USED my private insurance………. Duhhhhhhhhh

          • Smira29595

            may show up but since it keeps disappearing****Can you read???????? I went to a private oncologist at Ireland cancer center………. Had an appoint in 2 days with a bone marrow test………… USED my private insurance………. I never claimed My insurance was bad I am lucky to have it………. NOT all veterans do Duhhhhhhhhh……..

          • Zen Grouch

            You’re incredibly wealthy, yet you place a burden on a system that you claim, as an insider, is already strained?

            YOU had to resort to using your “private insurance” so you’re complaining that the socialized medical system didn’t meet your needs?! AND 5 years later you’re still waiting on results?

            The VA medical system isn’t the only thing that’s strained to the breaking point…

            And you say you’re a combat veteran from the First Gulf War?

            I thought women weren’t allowed in combat at that time…

            …and the only combat lasted for what, 14 hours total?

          • Smira29595

            Since you are not the sharpest tool in the shed I will exlain this to you, The department Of Veterans Affairs defines a Combat Veteran as anyone serving in a combat zone, Now so you further understand Fire bases, hospitals and convoys are often attacked even thouh they are not in the direct zone, Bullets fly by your head wether 1 or 100 you are a combat veteran.

          • Zen Grouch

            Silly me…

            I would have thought that for someone to repeatedly brag about being a combat veteran, they would have actually seen some combat.

            Not just be in the vicinity, but if that’s the way the good old US of A defines it…

          • Smira29595

            You do not deserve my personal story, But then again what have you done? Stood hand in hand with code pinko….. Or maybe Westbourgh Baptist………….

          • Zen Grouch

            For someone who is bashful about their “story” you sure like to put a lot of it out there…

            You’re a “combat veteran” who is so intelligent you managed to retire at 44 living off of a 6 figure retirement income, are sitting on 10,000 rounds of ammunition and lord knows how many guns because you saw the “writing on the wall,” yet you’re dumb enough to mistake a dinky New Hampshire blog with no name writers, with the prestigious ‘National Institute of Health’ because the initials are really, really close and they said what you wanted to hear?!

            Sorry, but the things you say just don’t ring true…

            BTW… I had to look up “code pinko.”

            What’s that, standard terminology used in your reading materials and “news” sources? :)

          • Smira29595

            Do you think it matters to the 147, wives husband sons daughters mother & fathers whether the battle lasted 14 minutes of 14 years?? Or how bout the family of the still MIA?

          • Starryeyes63

            Don’t forget the 145 Non combat deaths…….

          • Zen Grouch

            That war actually saved lives…

            True 147 did die and any death such as this is tragic.

            However, 147 deaths out of the 2,225,000 deployed was far fewer deaths than would be expected from that number and age group, from car accidents here in the states, if they had not been deployed.

            In other words, 1 combat death per 15,136 soldiers deployed was much better than could have been planned for, statistically speaking.

            Remember when G.W. promised no more than 100 deaths when he invaded Iraq? Guess he wasn’t the statistician his daddy was.

          • Pablo Jones

            “Remember when G.W. promised no more than 100 deaths when he invaded Iraq?.”

            No I don’t and I haven’t found any record or it either.

          • Zen Grouch

            I thought Bush did make that promise…

            However, I can’t find any record of it either, so I must have remembered that one wrong.

          • Smira29595

            Did you add in the 145 Non combat related deaths??? ” expected from that number and age group, from car accidents here in the states, if they had not been deployed.”

          • Zen Grouch

            The discussion was “combat duty” so no I didn’t include the 145 deaths…

            …however, if I would have added that number, my statement about suicides and car deaths would still stand accurate.

          • Starryeyes63

            you are very mean and judge mental The last I knew there
            was only one perfect man. He was crucified 2000+ years ago.

          • Zen Grouch

            Too bad HE didn’t have 10,000 rounds of ammunition squirreled away…

            …wwjd?

          • Starryeyes63

            What are you talking about?

          • Smira29595

            100K a year is “incredibly wealthy” ??? Well to a “top cop” in the big city who had to move back in with Mommy it might be

          • Zen Grouch

            To make $100,000 a year off of a retirement income, is wealthy in my book.

            To bring down this kind of cash from a retirement plan that kicks in at 44 years of age, you would need several million bucks generating this kind of cash…

            Unless of course the VA has gotten very generous and has diverted it’s cash flow from giving service that you would approve of, to writing huge retirement checks to it’s clerks.

          • Smira29595

            1/2 base pay for Military retirement, almost 8 years at VA with retirement, Also disability pay. A few good investment piece of cake, And was medical field not a clerk……..

          • Zen Grouch

            Oh, so now you’re saying that managing to score a 100% disability claim with the government was a part of your genius plan for an early retirement at 44, along with a generous retirement plan from the VA?

            The VA… an establishment you’ve expressed a very low opinion of in this message board, by the way…

            Like I said before, the things you say don’t ring true.

          • Smira29595

            Believe me was not my plan, is just how it happened. I would love to be able to continue working.

          • Zen Grouch

            OK, so you’re intelligent enough to retire at 44 with a huge income.

            You can spend hours a day at the keyboard…

            You spend hundreds of dollars a month on ammunition at the shooting range…

            Yet you bemoan the fact that you can’t work?

            See what I mean about that ‘ring of truth’ not being there?

          • Zen Grouch

            Gee, my posts are getting deleted with some regularity…

            …guess I am some kind o’ mean SOB.

            TTFN!

          • Smira29595

            Look at it this way we found some common ground =D

          • Zen Grouch

            To retire at 44 to $100,000 a year being generated from your highly intelligent investments would make you incredibly wealthy in my book.

            For investments to generate that kind of cash with interest rates where they are, you’d have to be sitting on several million dollars worth of these investments.

            Well, unless the VA’s retirement plan is way better than I thought it was.

      • Starryeyes63

        A law the he has no authorization to change unilaterally. .

      • mspatdev

        Did you vote for the law? USA taxpayers didn’t vote for it. Just the Senate, a couple of the House and obammy. Actually, the demo’s voted for the mess.

      • mspatdev

        Did you get to vote for it? We the taxpayers didn’t. obammy and congress was a big joke. obammy and the Senate and a couple of demos in the House was the only ones that voted for it. We the People were told so many lies about it. Do you get keep your insurance? I don’t. Do you get to keep your doctors?

      • Pablo Jones

        Slavery was the LAW of the land at one point too.

  • Pablo Jones

    The VA has come along way over the last 30 years. The treatments received at some VA medical centers is better than many public hospitals. But not all VA medical centers are the same and you will have some that are not comparable. And it is true that there aren’t many female specialist doctors, but that is changing slowly as the VA demographics change. Just because female veterans make up 15% of the veteran population, they are a very small portion of the veterans treated at the VA. The majority of the veterans currently being treated are from WWII – Vietnam. As time goes on the need will increase for those doctors and they will get hired in.

    It’s surprising that you would use the VA for dental though, in general not many people are covered for dental and the services that are provided are minimal at best. I know many people that are happy with their VA care. And even though they may have to spend a day at the hospital, many enjoy spending that time with people that went through similar experiences.

    • Smira29595

      My husband and I are fortunate enough to qualify for ful dental, I worked In the Brecksville VA and personally know many of the dentists, so we were able to pick our provider there. There have been many changes, but it still is slow. Also we now live almost 75 miles from Wadepark, He is a Nam vet who recently had a stroke so we have as many as 5 appts in one week, the travel would kill us so we are fortunate enough to have a second option.

    • Starryeyes63

      But the claims system is getting far worse over the last 4-5 years. the backlog has almost doubled. And the higher ups are getting bonuses.

      • Pablo Jones

        As I said every medical center is different there are some that have claims backlogs for benefits and others that don’t. Most of the cases are completed within a couple months. Those cases you hear about people waiting years is because they aren’t submitting the paperwork they need to.

        Now I’m not saying that the VA is a perfect example that government can do healthcare. Their cost per patient is much higher than the private sector. But for the most part the veterans are treated respectfully when they go and they do receive care that is at or above industry standards. And their electronic records allows a veteran to go to any of the 130+ medical centers and hundreds of CBOCs around the country and receive treatment with all of their records available.