The Keller ISD approved a revised contract with the city of Fort Worth to provide additional school resource officers to middle schools within the city limits.

The updated contract, approved during the Sept. 26 board of trustees meeting, will add one officer in each of the middle schools in Fort Worth: Timberview, Trinity Springs, Vista Ridge, Fossil Hill and Hillwood.

During the Aug. 22 board meeting, KISD and the city agreed to a contract that added two officers to the district. Two school resource officers are assigned to each of the three high schools in Fort Worth's city limits: Timber Creek, Fossil Ridge and Central.

There will still be one mobile officer who covers the intermediate and elementary schools within the Fort Worth city limits.

There are 12 total Fort Worth officers in KISD schools for the 2022-23 school year.

The school district will pay $508,367 for the additional officers on a 50-50 split between KISD and the city of Fort Worth. The total contract now is more than $2.6 million, and the school district will pay nearly $1.32 million in the 2022-23 school year.

“This is a great step forward to make sure our schools are secured,” KISD school board member Micah Young said. “Even with the last vote (in August), we knew it probably wasn’t going to be a final one. I think this is definitely a step in the right direction.”

The command staff involved in the SRO program includes one detective, five sergeants, two relief officers and one lieutenant in charge of the unit in addition to the officers within the schools.

Among other contracts with the city of Keller and the city of Colleyville, there will be 17 total SROs within KISD this school year, according to previous reporting by Community Impact Newspaper.