Safety and security task force updates Round Rock ISD board on community engagement efforts

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Safety and security task force member Lisa Moore updated Round Rock ISD’s board of trustees about the group’s community engagement efforts on May 16.

The task force hosted two town hall meetings—one May 13 with approximately 100 attendees and a second on May 14 with around 115 attendees, Moore said. While official numbers are being tallied, she said early estimates show more than 54 people signed up to speak.

“We still do have work to do,” Moore said. “But we could not move forward without this community engagement.”

In addition to the town hall meetings, parent and student surveys launched earlier this week. So far, around 2,700 parents and 1,700 students have responded, Moore said.

Board members Steve Math and Mason Moses asked Moore about a timeline for when the task force expects to finish gathering input and might make recommendations for school safety and policing.

Moore said that the group was not ready to discuss a timeline.

“We need that community engagement,” Moses said. “We really do. But at the same time we know … there is an end date.”

Currently, Round Rock ISD has contracts with Round Rock Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Austin Community College for school resource officers to cover its campuses. However, RRDP will not be able to supply services beyond the 2020-21 academic year.

“I, as the superintendent, am entrusted to make sure we have a plan,” Superintendent Steve Flores said. “Let the process work. But I do know the clock is ticking, and I do know that we need to come to some solutions here.”

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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