One of Idaho's largest school districts doesn't want to wait for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's assessment of safety at Gem State public schools. The Coeur d'Alene School District wants to move ahead with new safety measures in the shadow of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.
On Jan. 4, Otter announced that Col. Jerry Russell would take on a special assignment to assess and recommend safety and security improvements to Idaho schools.
But this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Coeur d'Alene School District is planning to turn to voters to approve nearly $1 million for new safety measures, including bulletproof glass, fencing, metal detectors and video surveillance systems. The Press reports that the district is also looking to add more school resource officers to the area's schools, bringing the total number of SRO's to eight.
The school district sent a letter home to parents outlining its plans and will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, to finalize the language of a levy that could be put before voters on Tuesday, March 12.