Brent was asked by the district’s board of trustees in May to form a committee that would look at security throughout the district and what improvements can be made to keep students, faculty and staff safe.
The announcement of the committee came days after the Santa Fe High School shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 died and 13 others were injured.
“School safety is something I believe everyone since the events that occurred toward the end of the school year and throughout the course of the year is at the center of our minds, and we have to figure how we move through and work through that,” Brent said.
The goal of the committee is to evaluate the current status and preparedness of GISD safety and security measures and consider possible recommendations for the future, Brent said.
It will review GISD safety and emergency response plans, evaluate program effectiveness, review current best practice trends in schools and monitor legislative hearings and possible legislation that could affect safety and security requirements, he added.
Brent did not name the committee members nor the number of members but said school principals and fire and police officials will be involved in the process.
The committee will begin meeting in July and so far have three meetings scheduled, Brent said.
Brent added the committee will update the board of trustees on their findings as well as inform the public as much as possible as it is dealing with sensitive material.
“Because education is the foundation of community and it is one of our beliefs, in order to maintain what public education is and the safety it should bring to all of our students, we cannot take it lightly at all,” ” Brent said.
The district also announced May 31 the board approved a contract to build secured entrances at both East View and Georgetown high schools over the summer. Secured entrances would serve as a single point of entry for visitors to sign in and provide identification before being granted access to the building.
“We have been working to renovate entrances at all of our campuses to limit how and where visitors can gain access to our schools,” GISD board President Scott Stribling said at the time. “Securing our high schools this summer accelerates our plan to fortify all campuses. It’s critical that we act now to prepare them for the fall.”