Comal ISD will be able to hire commissioned or contracted armed security staff in the future due to an update made to board policy.

The details

During a Nov. 16 board of trustees meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve an update to allow the district to employ security staff if its partnership with law enforcement agencies cannot meet the requirements of House Bill 3.

“I appreciate the fact that we're focused on the backup plan because that's how seriously we take security and safety for our students,” CISD board President Russ Garner said.

The background

The Texas Legislature passed HB 3 this spring, which requires districts to have an armed school resource officer at every campus. To comply with HB 3, Comal ISD has partnered with five local law enforcement agencies to fill the school resource officer positions as staffing becomes available.

“It's only that if [local law enforcement] cannot meet those requirements of an armed security officer, that we would reach out to a contractor,” CISD trustee Jason York said.