At their budget workshop this week, HISD Trustees discussed improving security issues on their campuses.
Thursday, we talked with Deputy Superintendent Sonny Cruse, and he told us that HISD has “a great relationship with the City of Huntsville.” He said, they “have school resource officers through the City of Huntsville, and they do a great job . . . .”
Mr. Cruse said he talked with HPD and it didn’t look like it would work with the City’s budget and HISD’s budget. He said they started looking at getting security from a private security company. A local security firm he talked with said the cost for officers would be around $142,000 a year.
Cruse said he didn’t know if the school board would be okay with that because the board would like to have some officers that were certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. So, he’s also been in touch with another firm that can potentially provide certified officers. He has not received a cost estimate, as yet.
Deputy Superintendent Cruse says he anticipates getting the information as early as this Monday. He said he expects to the share the info with the board at their next workshop on July 30th. He said everything is preliminary, and nothing is official. The board’s primary emphasis is on improving security on campuses.