The Lone Oak Independent School District is asking the public’s input on two proposed changes to the district; one of which would allow some staff members to be armed and another which would reduce the instruction week to four days instead of five.
The Lone Oak ISD Board of Trustees is scheduled to conduct a community engagement meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the administration building, 8162 Highway 69 South.
Two items are on the agenda, including the LOISD Defender Program.
Superintendent Lance Campbell said the measure would allow certain Lone Oak ISD employees to be armed while on district property.
“It is only for certain and select members of our staff,” Campbell said, adding it is part of the district’s overall Guardian safety program.
Exactly who will and will not be armed will not be released.
“They are not going to be known to the public,” Campbell said. “They are going to be extensively vetted and well trained by an outside party. We are not taking this lightly.”
The board will also be talking about a proposal to shift to a four day instructional week calendar for the 2020-21 school year.
“This is still very preliminary,” Campbell said. “We are going to be discussing it with the community first.”
Campbell said the change would also require a shift to the school days themselves, to allow the district meet the state mandated 75,600 minutes of education in a school year.
“We would have to extend the school days Monday through Thursday,” he said.
Depending on the overall calendar, Campbell said the proposal would extend each school day by 30 to 50 minutes.