Carroll ISD board trustees approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Southlake to fund school safety initiatives during its meeting Dec. 3.
The city earmarked $550,000 for school safety and security improvements earlier this year, and $244,446 of the $550,000 will be dedicated to the school resource officer, or SRO, program, according to the meeting agenda packet. This is in addition to the $1 million the city already invests each year for CISD SROs.
The remaining funds may be used to fund other security measures as agreed by both the city and school district, according to the agenda packet. One of the needs identified includes the installation of school security software systems to use as part of a threat-assessment system and a social media alert system.
This agreement will allow the school district to purchase these security software systems and invest in other security improvements with no budgetary impact as Southlake will reimburse CISD for these expenditures.
“We so appreciate all the efforts by the city and the Safety Task Force,” CISD board President Sheri Mills said. “There’s not many places in the United States there are such relationships [between the city and school district].”