As I posted in the HB826 thread, I will be going before the school board on November 4 to ask them to allow armed defense of our schools. I will have 5 minutes, and I really don't know how receptive they will be. The director of operations has previously stated that allowing weapons was rejected because of the training issues. As Coffeemate pointed out in the other thread, using former LEO or military will allow them to waive the training requirement. There might be more than a few retired vets who could volunteer; we won't know until someone asks. The first step is have the board authorize the carrying of weapons; then we should worry about the what, when, where, and how of training. I want them on record about allowing better defense. The cynical part of me thinks that they are using the training requirement as an excuse to do nothing. One idea that I had was to just ask the Sheriff if his office would provide the training as required by 16-11.130.1. There is also a section about allowing the authorized personnel to pay for their own training; do you think that taking a typical state weapons carry course (such as Tennessee or South Carolina) would fit the training requirements? By my reading, the school board could ask for volunteers and also ask the volunteers to provide their own training. If the board would allow this, I wouldn't be surprised if someone volunteered to train the teachers or other volunteers like what has happened in other states. Anyone have any other advice on how I should present the request or what else I should include? The points that I want to cover are that Georgia law allows for armed defense, that many parents want to see real security, and we can't plan for a Sandy Hook when the next threat might be an ISIS-inspired lone wolf. Also, by my reading, the board of education building might fall under the definition of a government building, but not a school safety zone as defined by 16-11-127.1 unless they also use it for elementary or secondary education. Any opinions on that?