EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A Southern Oregon school board is considering arming teachers with guns. Wednesday night, Eagle Point School board members made the decision to discuss the procedures and policies before moving forward.
Board chairman Scott Grissom said it would be a deterrent if an active shooter ever came on school campuses. Board member Jim Mannenbach disagreed saying he felt the district should look for federal funding to hire a school resource officer who would have the experience.
Board members decided to form a committee to further discuss procedures and policies before making a decision. Board members also discussed pay raises for administrative staff and superintendent Cynda Rickert.
Several community members voiced their concerns saying the money should go toward hiring more teachers to help students. In the end, the board voted to raise both administrative staff and the superintendent’s salary.
Rickert says one employee no longer works for the district and that person’s salary would go toward the raises of the other administrator pay raises. Board chairman Grissom says Rickert has not had a pay raise since she started working for the Eagle Point School District. The approval of her pay raise is 7 thousand dollars more, making her salary 129 thousand dollars.
Board members also voted unanimously to continue and support the new emergency system at Shady Cove School next year.