KPS Board Passes Resolution After Shooting
Resolution Calls for Gun Control Measures After Parkland, Florida
The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education unanimously passed the following resolution on Feb. 22.
KALAMAZOO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD OF EDUCATION
BOARD RESOLUTION IN THE WAKE OF THE TRAGEDY IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA
WHEREAS, the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education approved a policy on February 2, 2017 that banned weapons, including guns, from schools and other buildings in the district; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Education and school administration have lobbied locally elected state legislators to support state legislation to ban guns, carried concealed or carried open, in schools and other buildings in school districts;
WHEREAS, the Board of Education and school administration have lobbied locally and state elected federal legislators to support federal legislation to ban guns, carried concealed or carried open, in schools and other buildings in school districts;
WHEREAS, the tragedies in Parkland, Florida and many other jurisdictions require immediate action of our elected officials in Lansing and Washington;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education hereby strongly urges its locally elected state and federal legislators—Senator Gary Peters, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Fred Upton, state Senator Margaret O’Brien, state Representative Brandt Iden, and state Representative Jon Hoadley—to address these tragedies with the following: a review of gun laws; more community mental health funding for our children and families in our communities; more school mental health funding for our children and staff in our schools; a background check system that prohibits those with relevant criminal or mental health issues from owning guns; and a ban on guns in schools.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Education urges its colleague school boards across the state and country to exercise similarly their collective voices on behalf of students, staff, and families in their communities.
MOTION DECLARED ADOPTED/REJECTED
Date: February 22, 2018 _________________________________
Jennie Hill Secretary, Board of Education
The undersigned, duly qualified and acting, Secretary of the Board of Education of the Kalamazoo Public Schools, Michigan, hereby certifies that the foregoing constitutes a true and complete copy of a resolution adopted by said Board of Education at a regular meeting held on February 22, 2018 the original of which is part of the board’s minutes.
The undersigned further certifies that notice of the meeting was given to the public pursuant to the provisions of the “Open Meetings Act” (Act 267, PA 1976, as amended).