By BOB PALMER
No one spoke Tuesday when the Jefferson ISD Board of Trustees
opened the floor to comments about School Guardians, a program
under consideration for arming staff members.
“The Guardian program is a way to allow school staff to have
weapons or access to weapons,” Superintendent Rob Barnwell
Trustee did receive one letter, however, objecting to the move.
“I (have) indicated my strong objection to a proposed regulation
allowing teachers and school officials the right to possess
firearms on premises,” the letter writer, who wished to remain
anonymous, stated. “The very presence of sanctioned guns could
prove an incentive to violent confrontation.”
Barnwell said the board will continue to solicit input.
“We want to make sure are letting everybody be heard as we go
forward,” Barnwell said.
In other action the board agreed to hire three additional teachers
in the coming school year.
An English teacher will join the High School faculty, freeing an
existing teacher to assume some Spanish classes.
At the Junior High level, a new Fifth Grade teacher will be added
to handle increasing enrollment and a teacher will be sought for
behavioral unit for emotionally disturbed students to be added…
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