Southlake Officials Discuss School Safety

Andrew Greenstein
June 28, 2018 - 1:42 pm
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SOUTHLAKE (1080 KRLD) - A North Texas city wants to make its schools more safe for students and staff members.

"We've formed a task force that consists of police department personnel and CISD personnel, along with some outside experts, to try to look at the current state of safety at all Carroll Independent School District schools," says Southlake Police Chief James Brandon.

The effort is being spearheaded by Mayor Laura Hill.

"What she ha done is worked on setting aside some budgeted money -- approximately $550,000 out of our fiscal year '19 -- in order to improve school safety within Southlake Schools," says Chief Brandon.

"We met for our first meeting yesterday and exchanged a lot of good ideas and got a good assessment of where things stand with the school district," Brandon adds.

Carroll ISD has always had a strong security presence at all of its schools.

"We've got a full Southlake police officer -- a school resource officer -- in every school, all the way down through the elementary schools," says Brandon. "We've already got 11 police officers detailed just to Carroll ISD schools, plus the sergeant that supervises them."

Still, Brandon says more can be done to ensure everyone's safety.

"Although we're doing that, we don't necessarily want to sit back and feel like were doing enough," says Brandon. "We want to take a comprehensive look at doing the absolute best that we can in keeping our kids safe, while providing the best learning environment for them that we can."