SISD board continues school security talks

Autumn Owens
The SISD board of trustees continued talks about campus security at Monday's meeting.

The Stephenville ISD board of trustees continued discussion about campus security Monday, which included a first reading of the Guardian Program and more talk about metal detectors and other measures that could be taken.

“We need to make sure the public understands that we’re going to make some changes,” said board president Dr. Ann Calahan. “I know we still have a lot of discussion, but I have a big problem putting another barrier in when students come to school and we as a board have a responsibility to look at all the options. There are changes that we really need to look at.”

There are still concerns about metal detectors and how they would be manned, students bringing in electronic devices and the amount of time it would take to get through the detectors.

The board also did a first reading of the campus carry Guardian Program, which is designed to protect students from an active shooter situation prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

“We need to decide how serious we are about this and if we want to move forward then decide if it’s the direction we want to go,” said SISD Superintendent Matt Underwood. “If we don’t want to, then that’s fine. This is just information about the policy.”

Other options include more cameras, securing doors with ID readers for entry and technology that can pick up on suspicious posts on social media.

The district is also looking to hire a second school resource officer.

“It takes a while for people to accept the change of culture, but we have to change it,” Underwood said.