Plans to arm staff dropped in N. Idaho school district

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 7:26 AM

PONDERAY, Idaho -- Lake Pend Oreille School Superintendent Shawn Woodward said arming staff is no longer under consideration by district officials.

Woodward said it was clear at the last board meeting that there was very little staff support for the idea. Only eight percent of teachers and other certified staff and 14 percent of classified staff were in favor of the plan.

Previously, Woodward had stated that he would not recommend board adoption of a policy to arm selected staff members as a means of enhancing school security.  At its last meeting, the board supported looking at other options.

“We are not finished with the broader issue of school safety,” Woodward said.  “No one solution has yet been selected for recommendation to the board.”

The School District Chair said recently board leaders liked the idea of having volunteer officers patrol their schools instead of arming their teachers. The volunteers would be retired police officers.

Woodward said bringing in volunteer officers and other options were being discussed with law enforcement and staff.  The School district also planned to ask the public for more input.

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