The Salem-Keizer Public Schools governing board will next meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Miller Elementary School, 1650 46th Place SE.
The board will consider a resolution to further prohibit weapons on district property. The proposed policy expands existing restrictions to include all concealed firearms carried by campus visitors.
Board members remain split on the issue.
Newly elected chairwoman Ashley Carson Cottingham, co-vice chairwomen María Hinojos Pressey and Karina Guzmán Ortiz, and member Osvaldo Avila support the resolution to further prohibit weapons. Members Danielle Bethell, Satya Chandragiri and Marty Heyen oppose it.
Both sides feel their stance is the safer option.
Salem-Keizer's proposed resolution would "prohibit weapons, including concealed weapons, per ORS 166.377 and direct the superintendent to develop and enact administrative policy to achieve this outcome."
Because Salem-Keizer already has some restrictions in place, this resolution would expand restrictions to cover school visitors.
"The only change is the 'visitors in public with a concealed carry,' " Superintendent Christy Perry said. 'That's it, that's this resolution. That's the only thing that it adds."
Several community members have testified at recent board meetings. Some argued the removal of concealed carry handguns will make schools safer with fewer weapons around children. Others said it will leave adults powerless.
The board is also scheduled to vote to renew its Safe and Welcoming Schools resolution and its Commitment to Equity and Antiracism.
The board will hear public comments for 45 minuteson both agenda and non-agenda items. A lottery system will be used to select speakers at random, according to the agenda.
Comments will be accepted by phone call, Zoom, written or in person. For all forms of public comment, advance sign-up via the district's online form is required. Sign-up will not be open at the meeting site. Signup closes at 3 p.m. Monday.
For more information, go to salkeiz.k12.or.us/schoolboard.
This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Salem-Keizer Public Schools to vote on concealed-carry ban