LAGRANGE — Village officials on Tuesday announced the addition of an emergency notification system to help spread the word to village residents.
In addition, the village — in tandem with Keystone Schools — has added its first school resource officer to its roster.
Mayor Kim Strauss said the village has implemented the CodeRED Emergency Notification, which allows messages to be sent to targeted areas of the village.
The messages could be severe weather alerts, 911 emergencies affecting a certain area and water and sewer problems.
Strauss said a mailing was sent to village residents last week allowing them to decide how to receive the notifications via landline, cell phone or email.
“It’s basically a reverse 911 system,” Strauss said.
Meanwhile, Patrolman Mark Turner has been visiting the three Keystone Schools since the beginning of the new school year.
Keystone Schools Superintendent Jay Arbaugh said the idea of having a school resource officer in the schools was discussed last year.
“He (Turner) provides security and assistance at all of the buildings and his office is located in the high school,” Arbaugh said.
The village and school district developed a partnership where Turner will be used every day during the school year, and the Police Department will use his services during the summer months.
“During the summer, when the students are out of school, more officers are needed to patrol the village,” Strauss said.
Arbaugh said Turner’s salary is split with the village; and specified that a three-year contract was signed with the village.
“(We) pay him for the days in the district,” Arbaugh said. “We were able to reduce some costs in other areas of the district in order to add him.”
In addition to the presence of Turner in the schools, an anonymous tip line is offered in the event a student would need to speak with him. The tip line is also a tool for parents to utilize for the same reason. The tip line is 440-759-2043.
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Individuals or businesses who want to be included in the CodeRED alerts should log onto the Village of LaGrange’s website and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page. Those without Internet access can call the village at 440-355-5555.