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Plano wants armed guards in schools

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PLANO, Texas -

In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Plano Independent School board is considering using armed guards in schools.

The proposals were introduced by Superintendent Richard Matkin. A letter went out to parents on Dec. 21 basically telling them he'd be making "aggressive recommendations regarding safety, " leading the district to look at ways to ramp up security at all of its schools.

Board members looked at three proposals Tuesday night. The main differences were which schools would get the professional armed security guards and how many.

The first option has two armed guards at the senior high schools and one guard at all other schools. The second has all campuses staffed with one armed guard.

The last option has one armed guard at each elementary, early childhood, middle and academy high school. It does not include the high schools and senior high schools because they already have student resource officers on campus.

The three options range in cost from $2.2 million to $2.7 million. It is unclear at this point where the money would come from.

All three options also suggest reviewing access control points and arranging for a single controlled entry point at each school.

Board members discussed the proposals and a possible vote will come at a later date.

Last week Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called for state funded firearms training for some teachers and school administrators and the NRA called for armed guards in schools nationwide.


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