Three Rivers School District may hire armed guards


Grants Pass, Ore.–  Armed security guards could soon roam some Grants Pass schools as Three Rivers School District’s Superintendent looks for ways to increase campus safety.

Tuesday night, superintendent David Holmes is presenting a safety proposal to the school board at Fort Vannoy Elementary School.  In a plan that Holmes, along with Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel and Grants Pass Police Chief Bill Landis have put together, six retired police officer’s would be hired to patrol the district’s 15 campuses.

If the school board approves the proposal, Superintendent Holmes says the next step would be to put the issue in the hands of the voters by placing a tax levy option on the May ballot.

The school safety plan would cost taxpayers $200,000 per school year.  Each home in the district would pay 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.  That’s about $10 a year for a home valued at $200,000.

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