OURAY – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will visit the Ouray School next Thursday, May 23, to sign the newly enacted School Resource Bill.
The bipartisan bill defines "school resource officer" and "community partners" and expressly includes school resource officers as community partners for the purposes of school safety, readiness, and incident management. It also provides for a means of guidance to school districts and schools seeking school safety funding.
Bill sponsors include Sen. Steve King and Reps. Leroy Garcia and Mike McLachlan. King and McLachlan will both be traveling with the governor to Ouray to make statements before the bill is signed into law.
Ouray School Superintendent Scott Pankow said he found out about the governor’s impending visit earlier this week. The Ouray School currently does not have a school resource officer, and Pankow said he was not entirely sure why the governor had chosen the Ouray School as the site for the bill-signing ceremony, although he speculated it may be because the school has been recognized for excellence on many levels in recent years.
Just last month, the school was recognized as being one of only two schools on the Western Slope that are in the top 30 statewide, based on standardized test scores and AP test results, Dean of Students Di Rushing said.
Coincidentally, Gov. Hickenlooper and his entourage will be visiting the Ouray School on the same afternoon as preschool graduation. Pankow is hoping to coordinate the timing of the visit so that the governor can attend the graduation ceremony.
At press time, Hickenlooper’s office had not responded to a request for comments.
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