Idaho schools boost security in wake of nationwide shootings

Posted at 11:27 AM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 13:27:36-04

Many Treasure Valley schools are eyeing security upgrades for the approaching school year.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra is preparing to pitch a $21 million school safety initiative -- Keep Idaho Students Safe, or KISS -- to the Legislature in January.

Idaho Director of Student Engagement Matt McCarter says the initiative would, among other things, allocate $25,500 to every school in the state for security purposes.

Ybarra initially wanted the plan to focus on anti-bullying and suicide prevention efforts, but after the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she added a third prong to the proposal, centered on school security.

If the initiative passes, it will not take effect until the spring semester of the 2018-19 school year.

(by Associated Press)