The Leavenworth school district will be arming security guards at Richard Warren Middle School.

The Leavenworth school district will be arming security guards at Richard Warren Middle School.

Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve the purchase of self-defense equipment, including firearms, for retired law enforcement officers who are employed by the district as security guards.

The motion passed 5-1 with board member Jose Morales voting against it. Board member John Goodman was absent.

According to a news release distributed by Superintendent Mike Roth after the vote, the action will apply directly to two security officers who are assigned to the middle school.

These security officers will be certified twice a year by the Leavenworth Police Department.

Roth said after Wednesday's board meeting that the security officers likely will be armed after spring break, which is next week.

The self-defense equipment that is being purchased also includes items such as handcuffs and Tasers, according to the news release.

The security officers will be responsible for maintaining the district-issued firearms and other equipment.

Roth said he does not know how many other schools in Kansas have armed security officers.

He said the policy was vetted by legal counsel.

School resource officers, who are law enforcement officers, are not uncommon in the area.

A school resource officer, who is an armed member of the Leavenworth Police Department, currently works at Leavenworth High School.

Another school resource officer previously was assigned to Warren Middle School. But that position was eliminated at the middle school by the school district in 2016. The district had provided some of the funding for the position.

Roth said he has had a discussion with Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer about the possibility of resuming a second school resource officer position. But Roth said he would like this SRO to be more mobile and have a presence in multiple school buildings.

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