School security still a priority
By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — Trinity ISD School Board members continue to enhance school safety.
At its regular meeting on Sept. 26, the board authorized an increase of school guardians on each campus, as well as other improvements, which include shatter-resistant film for exterior windows and better camera coverage of campuses.
Superintendent John Kaufman said the vote for guardians was not unanimous; Board Member Maggie Trevino voted against the measure because she doesn’t want armed teachers.
Kaufman did not say how many guardians there are or how many were approved, but did say there will be a sufficient amount on each campus.
“I feel comfortable that with guardians and police, the kids’ safety will be very well maintained,” he said.
The board approved updating security camera systems, replacing older cameras and providing coverage for all blind spots. Additionally, license plate cameras and cameras covering exit/entrance areas have been added, as well as higher resolution cameras and increased storage capacity.
Kaufman said the district is going above and beyond new state standards regarding campus safety.
“We had a walkthrough with police and board members, and identified areas we needed to shore up,” he said. “That included the camera system, enclosing areas with fencing, panic buttons in each room and looking at adding shatter-resistant film windows.”
In other business, the board:
•Discussed an upcoming meeting with Sen. Robert Nichols which will be held in Trinity and include all school superintendents in the county. It will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 12, and discuss legislative issues facing schools;
•recognized TMS Beta Club, who raised funds for blinds for classroom doors;
•approved a code of conduct for food service, which focuses on banning preferential treatment to relatives;
•approved filing a waiver to not have a specific class for economics;
•approved a request from the Walker County Appraisal District for new offices;
•gave annual improvement to the school investment policy;
•approved final budget amendments for the 2021-22 budgets;
•approved the purchase of new computers for administrators; and
•approved hiring a new pre-K teachers because of larger student population.
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