Metal Detectors

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After a student and her teacher were shot at Noblesville West Middle School at the end of last school year, the summer was spent on renewed conversations about school safety in Indiana.

The state offered to buy handheld metal detectors for any districts that wanted them and superintendents began taking a hard look at their protocols.

But experts say there’s still a lack of coordination and the state may not have closed many security loopholes.

courtesy City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, the school safety conversation continues. Frankfort has placed school resource officers in local schools—but will they be opting into the state’s handheld metal detector program? Is there more than one way to ensure student safety? And how can Frankfort stay prepared outside of school?

We’ll also discuss Frito-Lay’s plans to expand in Frankfort, with two new production lines in the works and additional warehouse space—but is there room for even more job creation?

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Cities of all sizes have their issues. Large burgs like Indianapolis often have high rates of poverty and homelessness and often not enough services to help those in need. Small municipalities frequently don’t look like inviting places to invest, so they frequently are happy if they’re keeping the lights on and not losing residents.

But this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a question from a listener causes us to ponder this question: is the city of Crawfordsville’s population – about 16,000 people – exactly the wrong size? That’s one of our queries for Mayor Todd Barton.

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Jill Sheridan

Of all Indiana's traditional public school systems, 94 percent will receive handheld metal detectors to enhance school safety through a new program. The state will provide the devices free to the 369 systems that applied for them.

School systems requested the handheld metal detectors after Governor Eric Holcomb announced the program earlier this month.  In a statement Holcomb says he's pleased. 

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Some questions for Mayor Barton this month:

You weren’t optimistic last month about the future of Amtrak service, in part because several cities along the line didn’t intend to pay. In that time, both Indianapolis and Beech Grove have agreed to pay through the end of January. To what do you attribute that?