MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 is your local election headquarters and with the August primary inching closer, Tennessee’s gubernatorial candidates are pounding the pavement, shaking hands and working for votes.
Monday, Republican Randy Boyd’s bus tour made stops in west Tennessee and he unveiled his public- school safety plan.
In the Fayette County courthouse shade Monday, Boyd brought new ideas into the light.
"Every school, every kid needs to be protected by the absolute best person that we can have on the front line," Boyd said.
The school safety plan would put resource officers in every public school, pay for latest technologies to better secure schools and prioritize counseling in schools.
"I realize budgets are always tough, you just have to decide what your priorities are," Boyd said. "I would be hard pressed to think of a priority that’s greater than protecting our children."
While Boyd said he supports a teacher voluntarily going through gun training, he does not believe in broadly arming every classroom instructor.
"I don’t want to depend on teachers for being responsible for safety," Boyd said. "We need others to do that."
Boyd said he’s focused on Tennessee issues as he applies for the state’s top job and meets voters.
"The three things I always talk about are things that are exactly what the governor does: opportunity for better education, opportunity for better jobs and opportunity for everyone," Boyd said.
On the curriculum side of schools, Boyd reiterated Monday his vision as governor for better vocational training for those Tennesseans who graduate but don’t go to college.
"I’m going to put technical schools in every high school, so kids can graduate from high school not just with a high school diploma but with a job ready certificate," Boyd said.
Randy Boyd isn’t the only Republican gubernatorial candidate who visited the Memphis area in recent days.
Bill Lee spoke Thursday in Cordova, and Friday, Local 24 spoke exclusively with Diane Black in Memphis.