Pittsfield Township and the Saline Area Schools will collaborate on an anti-violence awareness program in the schools, with other partners possibly joining the effort in the future.
Pittsfield Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal during an April 11 township board meeting asked trustees to approve a resolution to design and implement an anti-violence awareness campaign to enhance public safety at schools serving Pittsfield Township. While the majority of Pittsfield youth attend the Ann Arbor Public Schools and a small number attend school in Milan, about 24 percent attend Saline Area Schools.
Grewal proposed the campaign about a month ago and has been reaching out to get other regional partners on board. She said she had not yet heard back from the Milan or Ann Arbor school districts, but Saline “stepped forward to partner with us.”
Pittsfield has partnered with Saline on school safety in the past, with Pittsfield placing a School Resource Officer at Saline High School starting in 2011.
The resolution states, in part, that the campaign “will use the anti-bullying campaign as a starting point with the aim to: (a) Engage middle and high school students as partners in administrative efforts to identify at-risk students; (b) Host periodic anti-violence awareness forums to promote a sense of community, well-being and safety; and (c) Provide resource guides for students in need along with outlining prevention and response strategies…”
Pittsfield Township will take a leadership role in the campaign and plans to put a cost-sharing model in place with Saline Area Schools.
The exact details of the campaign are not yet finalized and will come out of discussions with participating partners, Grewal said.
Asked for comment after the meeting, Saline Area Schools Supt. Scot Graden called the campaign “a proactive approach that can help us all.”
“We are excited to partner with Pittsfield Township,” Graden said in an email interview. “We already work collaboratively with Pittsfield Public Safety to keep our students and staff safe, so this campaign is a natural extension of that work.”
Pittsfield trustees unanimously approved the resolution.