Twin Falls to hire 15 unarmed school security staffers

The Twin Falls School District will spend $375,000 to put 15 unarmed security guards into its schools.

The idea is to have an extra set of eyes in schools, identifying students who are having problems, Julie Wootton-Greener of the Times-News reported Tuesday.

“We want them to be out and about through the day,” Superintendent Brady Dickinson said during Monday’s school board meeting.

The Twin Falls Police Department will help train the new paraprofessionals, Wootton-Greener reported.

However, the district is using a variety of one-time funding sources to pay the paraprofessionals’ salaries, including a 5 percent cut in supply budgets. The hires are a “one-time deal” that will need to be evaluated, Dickinson said, according to Wootton-Greener’s report on Monday’s meeting.

Trustees voted unanimously to hire the paraprofessionals, Wootton-Greener reported.

Further reading: School districts across Idaho have been hiring armed guards, more resource officers and beefing up surveillance and lockdown features in the wake of school shootings.

Kevin Richert

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