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Twenty MVSD staffers volunteer for firearm training

244 Use of Force Policy:

— Mountain View School District 244’s Use of Force Policy is moving forward. The policy was adopted by the board in February.

At the March 20 monthly board meeting, superintendent Kent Stokes reported 20 MVSD staff members had signed up to be considered for firearm training and concealed carry permits.

“Those names will now be given to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, who will provide that training,” he said. He added all buildings in the entire district were covered with people willing to be trained.

Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges attended the meeting and explained Riggins would also be passing its weapons policy that evening, and add eight of their own staff members to the training sessions.

“There will be several sessions as there is a ratio of one instructor to six students,” he said.

Gorges said following the training the student scores in a variety of areas would be ranked by training officers and passed on to the superintendent, listing any comments as well as concerns if there are any.

The next step would be for the district to provide psychological evaluations for those who pass training and are approved to conceal carry on school grounds.

Other District News

In other news, district technology coordinator Joe Rodriguez reported cameras are being placed or set to be placed during spring break week at the district’s various schools.

Stokes said these cameras are added to and / or updated each year using federal Safe and Drug Free funds.

“Well, they seem to be a deterrent so far. We haven’t had any bomb threats for quite a while now,” said board vice-chair Lot Smith of Grangeville.

• Bid are being sought for a tear-down of the building on the lot MVSD purchased located next to Grangeville Elementary Middle School. The lot will be used as a parking lot of GEMS.

• GEMS kindergarten screening is set for April 12.


Dawson Gorges

CV’s Gorges at national BPA convention in May

Clearwater Valley High School junior Dawson Gorges attended the meeting with CVHS business technology teacher Vinnie Martinez. Martinez requested permission to travel out of state with Gorges and GHS junior Amrit Singh to the national BPA (Business Professionals of America) convention in Orlando in May. Gorges will represent Idaho in the community security category. The board approved the travel and the BPA groups will raise their own funds for the trips.

“When you speak of higher level learning, this is it,” spoke Martinez. “These kids have gone above and beyond and this trip to nationals is a big deal.”


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