“One of the things I believe in is being honest and upfront with your community,” said superintendent Steve Dickerson. “It’s very touchy and we knew it would be and that’s one of the reasons we wanted to be transparent with it.”
If the school board decides to move forward with it, Dickerson said, the program would be strictly voluntary and staff would be required to go through the intense FASTER training. He added that response from staff has been mixed.
Dickerson also stressed that the survey would not be the deciding factor in whether or not to arm staff, but will help the school board make a decision.
According to the Ohio School Boards Association, school boards do not need to publicize the fact that they've authorized staff to carry firearms.
That’s why there is no readily available database to track how many of the state’s 610 districts have armed staff.
Hillsdale also hired a school resource officer for the next year — an off-duty deputy who will be armed.