Chagrin Falls Schools is pleased to announce that the Chagrin Falls Boosters Club has made a $20,000 donation to assist with funding a School Resource Officer (SRO). This donation completes the matching challenge of an anonymous donor and will allow the SRO to start immediately on April 1. A gift from the Chagrin Falls PTO will pay for the officer’s training over the summer. For the 2018-2019 school year, the school district is working in conjunction with the Villages of South Russell and Chagrin Falls to fund the position moving forward.
“The Booster Club vote was unanimous,” said President Mark Munday, Chagrin Falls Boosters Club. “We felt it was critical given recent events to get the SRO in place immediately. Boosters is committed to funding projects other than just those that are sports-related.”
The Chagrin Falls and South Russell Police Departments have maintained a consistent police presence at all of the buildings. However, this will give the school district a dedicated police officer. “My calculus class was talking about the SRO,” said senior Lucy Ranieri. “We have gotten to know these officers well from the Chagrin Classic and feel comfortable in their presence. It will be nice to talk to them if we feel uneasy or have concerns.”
Chagrin Falls Police Department has selected Officer Michael Baldwin to serve as the district School Resource Officer. Officer Baldwin has devoted his entire life to public service. He served in the Ohio National Guard completing a tour of duty in Iraq and upon his return was assigned to the Chagrin Falls Armory. Local veterans groups and the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club were able to assist him with a scholarship to attend the University of Akron Police Academy, where he graduated first in his class. He was hired by the Chagrin Police Department upon his graduation and has been serving our community for more than 12 years. In May, Officer Baldwin will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies with a minor in counseling from Liberty University. “Mr. Baldwin has the ideal professional experiences to be an extremely successful School Resource Officer,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools. “It is phenomenal how quickly the community came together to make this happen. We raised more than $40,000 in one week to put the SRO in place.”
Officer Baldwin will immediately be involved in district safety initiatives and assist with leading the coordination of safety planning with our local first responders. Periodic updates will be provided to residents through Chagrin Falls Board of Education and local council meetings.