Southlake Mayor Laura Hill posted a YouTube video Wednesday of her official statement regarding the city of Southlake’s new school safety initiative.
Hill said the city is looking to partner with the city’s Crime Control Prevention District to provide more than $500,000 in the 2018-19 school year to explore and implement new and innovative safety and security initiatives at Southlake schools.
The Crime Control and Prevention District is governed by a board of Southlake residents who work jointly with Southlake City Council to ensure funds raised by the one-eighth cent Crime Control sales tax are spent on programs and capital projects that will reduce crime, increase public safety and maintain a high quality of life in Southlake.
“We want our students to feel safe, secure and protected, and if we work together, we will find the best solutions for Southlake,” Hill said in the video.
The partnership would explore exactly what sort of security measures, technological or otherwise, may be possible, Deputy Director of Southlake’s Marketing and Communications Pilar Schank said.
“Once we put together our plan for the additional steps we will take, we will share those with you,” Hill said in the video.
She did say the initiatives would be the result of law enforcement efforts on local, state and federal levels.
Schank said the $500,000 will come out of funding the city already receives from the Crime Control Prevention District.
At about 3:30 p.m., CISD board president Sheri Mills and Superintendent David Faltys released their own video, thanking the mayor and the city for continuing to make school safety a priority.
In the video, the mayor said that the city invests more than $1 million each year in the school district’s safety resource officers, or SROs, which are Southlake police officers who have specific training to work in schools. An SRO is stationed in every school in Carroll ISD.
CISD has 11 full-time SROs and more than 350 security cameras in schools districtwide. The district’s 2017 bond program will add an additional 500 cameras for CISD schools. More information about safety measures in the district can be found here.