We see this scenario played out, time and time again -- an employer offers low wages, wanting to save money, but in turn, drives away the best and the brightest. It continues and at some point, the number of applicants begins to decrease. The end result may be that something terrible occurs that could have been preventable had conditions for employees improved. In the case of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District security officers, hopefully, there is an amicable solution that can be reached. -- IFPO.
CLEVEAND — Union leaders representing some 200 Cleveland schools security officers are raising safety concerns at the districts 108 buildings.
Jeff Perry, Business Agent with the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association, said he believes there are simply not enough security officers to maintain safety in the Cleveland schools.
Perry said there are currently 14 school police officers on the job when just a few years ago there were 30. There are 187 security officers in the school buildings when at one time there were 300.
Perry said pay is the major issue in maintaining staffing levels and said CMSD security personnel are paid around 40 percent less than the Cuyahoga County average.
”There’s not enough officers there to keep the place safe, to keep the kids safe, to keep the teachers safe,” Perry said. “We can get people in the door and then they find out what they’d be paid and they don’t last a week or two, if they do except the job. The police for example, they get paid half of what the average is in Cuyahoga County. They’re down to 14—there was 30 just a few years ago."
School security personnel are in the midst of contract talks with the school district.
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