Doubling police presence in Plano schools: 3 takeaways from the March 26 council meeting

The city of Plano on March 26 approved a deal with Plano ISD to hire 15 new police officers for Plano schools.

The city of Plano on March 26 approved a deal with Plano ISD to hire 15 new police officers for Plano schools.

The city of Plano is partnering with Plano ISD to provide more police officers to be stationed in public schools. Read more on this story and other things that happened at Monday's Plano City Council meeting:


City, school district strike deal to double police force in schools
The city of Plano has approved a deal with Plano ISD to hire 15 new police officers starting April 1, more than doubling the number of these special resource officers in Plano schools.

With the agreement and city funding approved on Monday, the number of special resource officers in the district will rise to 24, plus one sergeant.

The new officers will produce a recurring expense of $1,723,092 per year, according to city documents. The school district has agreed to cover 50 percent of the personnel costs for the new hires.





Plano backs Coit Road station over Dallas protests
If the city of Dallas gets its way, plans for a Coit Road station in Richardson would be stripped from the Cotton Belt rail line project. The city of Plano has now issued a resolution opposing the station's removal.

The resolution, which Plano City Council members approved on Monday, also calls for Dallas Area Rapid Transit to provide additional parking at the University of Texas at Dallas and Addison stations if plans for the Coit Road station are removed.

A memo prepared by city staff said the Coit Road station would support "a major portion" of western Plano, including the bulk of the city's Dallas North Tollway corridor.





City: No petition yet received to recall Harrison
The Plano city attorney said on Monday that the staff has not received a petition yet from a group trying to oust Tom Harrison, the council member who was censured by his colleagues after a series of anti-Islam posts was discovered on his Facebook page.

"No petition has been submitted to the city at this time," City Attorney Paige Mims said. "We are aware that one is circulating."

The group organizing the petition process, One Plano Our Plano, did not have the needed number of signatures late last week when its spokesman Michael Thomas spoke with Community Impact Newspaper. Thomas said he was confident the group would obtain the number of signatures needed before an April 4 deadline.




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