Final Vote Tonight on Policy CKA
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 17, 2018
The Trustees for Park County School District 6 will make their third and final vote tonight on whether or not to allow for armed staff in schools.
If passed, Cody would be the second school district in the state to allow for trained staff members to carry concealed weapons as part of a larger plan to keep students safe in an active shooter incident. Evanston was the first, passing its own version of Policy CKA in March.
The controversial proposal has been debated for months within the community. A randomized survey of 2400 residents in the district earlier this year showed that an overwhelming majority, including parents and teachers, were in favor of Policy CKA.
The option was made possible after last year’s legislative session, in which lawmakers passed a bill that would allow school boards to decide whether or not to allow staff to be armed. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow told KODI News earlier this year that she supported the legislation, but had her reservations.
The meeting tonight at 6 p.m. will bring an end to the community debate, but is only a part of the school district’s upgraded security measures. School administrators have chosen to have staff and students participate in active shooter drills; staff have gone through ALICE training, which provides preparation and plans in the event of an active shooter incident; and schools have updated their entry security measures.