As we prepare to begin another school year, we wanted to take a
minute or two of your
time to share some very important information. Within the last school
year, school districts within the Stark County Educational Service Center
the loss of 14 school students by suicide. National experts,
including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, have labeled the mental
health issues in our county and its districts as “a contagion,” declaring
teen suicide rates here as the worst on record since it began tracking
them in 1980.
Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Parkland and so many other
incidents remind us that
school violence can happen anywhere and at any time. It is vital that we do all
we can to keep our children as safe as possible.
On August 7th, Stark County residents will have the opportunity
to vote in a special
election to create an ongoing funding source to make our schools safer
and more secure for teaching and learning.
We urge you to take this opportunity to cast your ballot, either
in person or as an absentee.
You can click on the link below to begin the absentee ballot