PISD trustees OK $2.7M video surveillance system upgrade to help enhance Plano ISD campus security

Plano ISD board of trustees approved a $2.7 million expenditure to upgrade the district's video surveillance systems.

Plano ISD board of trustees approved a $2.7 million expenditure to upgrade the district's video surveillance systems.

As part of a sweeping effort to update the security of Plano ISD campuses, the board of trustees approved a $2.7 million expenditure to update its video surveillance systems throughout the district over the next year and a half at its meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent Sara Bonser told Community Impact Newspaper in a separate interview the district also plans to install new public-address systems over the summer in the senior high schools as a part of an effort to re-evaluate the security of its facilities. The public-address systems will broadcast a message in the event of an emergency.

The funds for the video surveillance update come from a combination of bond and operating funds, according to a district-prepared document.

The update comes after the Plano City Council passed an expenditure March 26 that will help fund the addition of 15 new school-stationed officers—sometimes referred to as school resource officers—to Plano campuses.

PISD is expected to reimburse the city of Plano for half of the bill—roughly $1.3 million—for the 24 school resource officers and one sergeant, according to a city-prepared document.

“I don’t think you can really quantify the good that school resource officers do, above and beyond security in the schools,” Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin said in a presentation at a March 20 City Council meeting. “They have a lot of other functions as well.”

Those functions, Rushin said, include the officers advising on school-related traffic safety and crime prevention, providing counseling services to students and participating in parent conferences.

Trustees will be briefed on the plan for the additional school resource officers, as well as its budgetary effects at the April 24 meeting.
SHARE THIS STORY
By Gavin Pugh

After reporting for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano paper for over two years, Gavin launched the Coppell, Valley Ranch and Las Colinas edition in October 2019. As editor, Gavin's beat includes transportation, municipal government, education and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


MOST RECENT

The American Red Cross is urging people to continue donating blood to avoid any shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
American Red Cross avoids near-shortage of blood donations, urges donors to keep scheduling appointments

When concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak started to rise to new levels in the nation in March, thousands of blood donors canceled appointments with the American Red Cross.

The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Health Department has been busy assisting the district with health initiatives, such as delivering meals. (Courtesy Amy Taldo)
ROUNDUP: 5 recent stories on the DFW area’s continued coronavirus response

Read the latest coronavirus updates from communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area below.

Drivers once lined Legacy Drive during rush hour in the Legacy West mixed-use development in Plano. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Layoffs swift in Plano as small businesses, large developments reel from coronavirus restrictions

Layoffs at Legacy West were the first big wave of Plano job losses reported to the Texas Workforce Commission, but countless businesses in the city have been hit hard by restrictions.

President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion package March 27 to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.

Members of the Frisco Downtown Merchants Association have created a daily digital support meeting during the coronavirus pandemic. The group's members are working together to help one another stay in business. (Courtesy Ed Mahoney)
Coronavirus coverage roundup in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Here are some noteworthy stories from the past week dealing with the impact of the coronavirus.

Initial claims for unemployment insurance rates are increasing across the nation in the midst of COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas sees 77% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28

Texas ranked fifth among states in the U.S. with 275,597 initial claims filed the week ending March 28.

Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties have a higher response rate than the state of Texas as of Mach 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Census responses ahead of U.S. in Dallas-Fort Worth, growth highest in nation

Dallas-Fort Worth counties vary in self-response rates on the U.S. census as Census Day arrives April 1.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic during a March 31 afternoon press conference. (Screenshot via livestream)
Plano nixes stay-at-home policy discussion in light of Texas governor's guidelines on essential activities

A dash to prepare a stay-at-home ordinance for the city of Plano was halted this week after the governor unveiled his own set of guidelines defining essential services.

Texas Tribune: Some local elections in Texas moving ahead despite coronavirus spread

A handful of towns and special districts still plan to go ahead with their May 2 votes, arranging polling places despite calls from the president on down directing people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Lake Travis Fire Rescue is one of hundreds of emergency service districts serving millions of Texas residents across the state. Firefighters, EMTs and medical professionals said they are concerned about the availability of personal protective equipment as the coronavirus public health crisis continues. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
First responders, medical professionals across Texas worry about inadequate personal protective equipment supplies

In a survey of emergency service districts across the state, two-thirds of respondents said they were concerned about a shortage of equipment such as masks, goggles and gloves.

Owner of Asian Mint Nikky Phinyawatana saw an opportunity to support at-home cooking endeavors by launching the Chef Mint from Home program. (Courtesy Asian Mint)
ROUNDUP: DFW businesses provide adjusted services to community, support each other during coronavirus

Read more about some of the businesses the Community Impact Newspaper team has featured.

Collin County Judge Chris Hill rescinded his order that urged residents to stay home except for travel related to essential activities and defined all business as essential. (Courtesy Collin County)
Collin County judge rescinds order defining all business as essential after governor issues statewide guidelines

Collin County’s top elected official has withdrawn his stay-at-home order that defined all business as essential.