Spokane Schools Arm Themselves with Security Changes

By Paige Browning

The national discussion on school safety has prompted a revamp of security measures in Spokane’s schools. The school district board approved budgeting this week (August 14th) for more security personnel, and the arming of school resource officers.
 
Students and teachers in Spokane will see large changes at school this year, like all school resource officers carrying guns, and small changes, like the requirement that faculty and staff wear their name badge.
 
District safety director Jason Conley says all 13 school resource officers will complete police firearm training, with the goal of them being armed by January. He says they have to be ready for an incident at any moment. The district plans to hire one new officer in September, as well.
 
Conley: “Also in the process of hiring a security response specialist. We also brought forth a recommendation to hire another electrician. Starting in 2003 we installed a pretty sophisticated security system in all of our schools. That system takes some maintenance.” (:18)
 
In addition, Conley says they plan to develop long term goals that could come from the state level. Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is expected to release school safety recommendations by mid school year.
 
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