School Board Tables Decision on CKA
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 17, 2018
Trustees for Park County School District 6 last night tabled the process of enacting a policy that would allow certified and classified staff to carry concealed weapons.
It was standing room only in the small board room, with parents, students, staff and concerned community members waiting to hear the school board’s decision on whether or not to approve on first reading policy CKA. This hotly debated policy would outline the rules governing staff and teachers who could apply for and carry concealed weapons as a measure of defense in the event of an active shooter situation.
The community has been divided over whether or not such a policy is necessary, or would be beneficial. At last night’s meeting, that division was evident in the many questions asked by trustees asking for clarification of details in the proposed policy. Trustee Jenni Rosencranse proposed a survey of staff, students, and the community at large that would give the board a more accurate picture of the feelings of those who would be affected by this policy, now that the policy has been more defined. Trustee Stefanie Bell made a motion to table the policy until more input from the community could be determined.
Trustee Scott Weber, who has been a vocal proponent for the policy, advocated for caution.
After debating for more than an hour, and amending the motion several times, the motion to table the issue was finally voted on, with five board members voting to table the first reading of the policy until next month’s regular board meeting.