Georgetown ISD is working with other schools and the city's police department to implement a school marshal program across its campuses in compliance with new state-mandated safety requirements.

What's happening?

District staff said in a Sept. 18 update that the district is looking at other schools with marshal programs to shape its own this school year. The move will satisfy the requirements of House Bill 3, a new law requiring armed security officers on each public and charter school campus in the state. The law went into effect Sept. 1.

What they're saying

Heather Stoner, GISD's director of operations and school safety, said her staff is working to create its job postings for school marshals by observing what has and has not worked at other schools. Doing so will allow staff to create these positions based on what will be expected of these marshals on a daily basis, she said. Her staff is also working with the Georgetown Police Department, which the district contracts with for school resource officers.

“They're our partners in all things law enforcement, and we are not going to leave them out of these important decisions,” Stoner said.

What else

Stoner also said the district is working to meet additional safety requirements mandated by HB 3, including some building safety upgrades. These upgrades are expected to be completed by August 2024, she said.