McBain sticks to “no weapons” policy

November 30, 2017

By John Raffel

A presentation was made to the McBain School Board at its monthly meeting earlier this month regarding the district’s weapons policy.

“We had some local citizens come to the meeting and do a presentation to the board asking them to reconsider the board policy that bans weapons from school,” superintendent Steve Brimmer said. “They discussed the history of gun laws in Michigan and the various court rulings, some of which have been contradictory to one another. We recently held a board committee meeting and the board does not appear to have any interest in changing the current policy. However, there are some bills in Lansing that could make it legal to have concealed weapons in schools with certain permits.

“There is also a bill that would make it so that schools could not create board policies banning guns on school property. Similar bills made it to Governor Snyder’s desk for approval in 2012 and he vetoed them because he felt districts should have the choice whether or not to allow concealed carry. Obviously we will follow any laws that are put in place.”

Board members noted a recent bond proposal for Cadillac schools failed.

High school principal Joel Bronkema reported Heather Wiggins is going through an internship in her quest to get her Master’s Degree in Administration and has shown ‘some very impressive course work. I have not viewed her work yet,” Brimmer said.
The board approved the athletic code and high school handbook.

“We have a teacher that’s dealing with a family crisis that has asked to access the sick bank so she can deal with the family issue,” Brimmer said. “The board agreed to allow her access to additional sick days.”

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