In the struggle to make Oklahoma a better place for teachers and students, Mike Gundy is not content to stand on the sidelines. The Oklahoma State head football coach recently donated $35,000 for added security in his home school district of Stillwater Public Schools.
In the wake of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Stoneman-Douglas High School in Florida, Gundy went before the SPS School Board and demanded answers about the district’s procedure for an active shooter situation.
For Gundy, recruiting student athletes all over country means getting in and out of high schools of all shapes and sizes. “Yet have I ever been denied admission to a school?” he asked, describing how easy it is to get into some of Stillwater’s schools. “I could go to Sangre [Ridge Elementary School] and Westwood [Elementary School],” he said, “and go to the side and tap on the door when the kids are going to recess, and they would open the door and let me in.”
Gundy, a father of three, promised to donate money to cover the costs of an upgrade and this week he delivered on that promise.
As reported by the Stillwater News Press, the Gundy family donated $35,000 to place uniformed officers in each of Stillwater’s ten public schools for the remainder of the school year. Presently, the district has three resource officers with seven more sheriff’s deputies funded by the donation.
Additionally, Gundy’s donation came with a positive remark about teachers and administrators, who he described as “way overworked and way underpaid.” In the midst of an ongoing teacher’s strike, advocates for better teacher pay and increased funding for Oklahoma schools seemingly have an ally in Mike Gundy.