STEPHENVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – With security cameras on all of its campuses, an electronic emergency notification system, and a full time school police officer; Stephenville ISD is better off than many small Texas school districts.
However, Superintendent Darrell Floyd said his district could still use more funding for security.
Instead of one officer for the entire district, Floyd said he would like to have a police officer on all of its six campuses.
“I realize that they (state lawmakers) are probably not going to be able to fund a school resource officer for every campus in the state of Texas, but I would even be willing to meet them half way,” said Floyd. “They pay for half of an officer and we’ll pay for the other half.”
Lawmakers, however; have another idea. A proposed bipartisan bill would create an additional funding source to pay for such security enhancements.
If passed, the Texas School District Security Act would allow independent school districts to vote to raise local sales or property taxes.
Floyd said school security is a statewide issue and should be funded in a state-wide manner – not by local districts.
“It’s just another opportunity to widen the gap between the have’s and have not’s in the state of Texas,” he explained.
Monday evening, Hooks Elementary School in the Stephenville ISD was used for an active shooter training scenario by local law enforcement.
“It can happen to us and our kids needs to be protected just as much as any other kid in the United States,” said Lt Greg Evans of the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, who lead the training.
Floyd said this type of law enforcement training is crucial especially when state funding for additional school security remains up for debate.
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