By CHERIL VERNON
Cayuga Independent School District will hold a public hearing later this month to discuss the possibility of allowing district employees who are concealed handgun license holders to carry guns on school property.
The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at the Cayuga High School library.
The CISD Board of Trustees discussed the agenda item at its Thursday regular board meeting.
“We discussed matters related to school security and safety including the possibility of the district authorizing employees with concealed handgun licenses to carry on school property,” CISD Superintendent Dr. Rick Webb told the Herald-Press Friday.
“Ultimately, what we decided was to have a public hearing about the matter prior to our next school board meeting. Our school attorneys were present to advise us about the matter, which was helpful as they’re advising their other clients — other school districts — considering similar measures.”
Webb said several rural school districts such as Union Grove ISD and Harold ISD were considering this option for school safety purposes.
“Response time for law enforcement is at least 20 minutes because of our distance, so that would be why our school district is considering this,” Webb said.
Many schools considering the concealed handgun option seem to be consistently following a four-prong plan, Webb said.
“One of those being the board is the one who provides the authorization. The second piece being the training of staff members who are wanting to carry on school property. The third part is tied to what type of weapons and ammunition that can be carried, and the fourth, is having a concealed handgun license,” Webb said.
Webb encouraged the community to attend the public hearing.
“We are holding the public hearing to allow for community input,” he said.