School district to beef up security in response to billboard

This photo shows Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones' first billboard unveiled at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Maple Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio, Monday, June 25, 2018. Jones posted the first of his promised series of billboards criticizing local school districts that he says are moving too slow to upgrade security. The Hamilton school board was the first target of a public, advertising campaign by Butler County's top law enforcement official, who contends the school district isn't doing enough to protect students. (Michael D. Clark/The Journal-News via AP)

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district says it’s stepping up security just days after a sheriff took out a billboard ad blasting school safety.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says he met with Hamilton City School District officials Wednesday, and they have agreed to arm school staff and use metal detectors on students in the upcoming school year.
Jones previously posted billboard ads claiming the school board isn’t transparent and doesn’t “talk to the public.”
He told the Journal-News after the meeting that the new security measures will make Hamilton schools “the safest district in the region.”
Superintendent Larry Knapp says staffers will have to go through training to carry a firearm, and hand-held metal detectors will be used randomly during school.
The cost of the safety upgrades has not been released.