The city of Roanoke will be paid for two school resource officers, or SROs, for Northwest ISD this school year, as City Council approved an agreement at the Sept. 12 meeting.

Council also approved a cloud service for the city’s library. Council’s agreement with the school district for the SROs began Aug. 1 and ends July 31, 2024.


The city will provide “two fully qualified, licensed peace officers” who will serve as SROs and be assigned to the district. The city will be paid $189,285. In agreement with the terms of House Bill 3 and Texas Education Code, this amount does not allow the city to profit under the agreement, according to the interlocal agreement.

There will be one SRO at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club and one at James M. Steele Early College High School in Roanoke. There are private security guards assigned to Roanoke Elementary and Cox Elementary, said Diane Rice, communications and public engagement officer with the city.

What else?

Regarding the cloud service, council approved an agreement that will allow the Roanoke Public Library to use its Bibliotheca cloudLink service to share its cloud resources information with other libraries. Cloud services are resources and data that can be transmitted through the internet.

Rice said the Roanoke Public Library will soon join the Texas CloudLink, a growing network providing access to more than 250,000 downloadable e-books and audiobooks.

“As a participating member, Roanoke's library users will be able to use their library card to borrow and read or listen to a wide variety of books on their preferred electronic device,” Rice said.

She said offerings include popular reading material, best sellers and educational titles for all ages.

What they’re saying

"The biggest benefit to joining this network is its sharing model, which gives every library user priority in the hold list for their home library's purchased collection but allows partner library users to borrow those titles if no one is waiting for them,” Roanoke Public Library Director Kelly Holt said. “This model maximizes usage for every title purchased."

Roanoke Public Library staff is receiving training on the ways to use and promote the service, and the library is expected to offer CloudLink to the public in late October, Rice said.