BURLESON, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – Burleson ISD hopes to set an example for other districts in North Texas.
On Monday night, the district hired eight former law enforcement officers with elite training and skills to protect their students and staff.
The school board unanimously approved the hires, placing the armed officers in elementary schools.
After the Uvalde school shooting, Jessica Woods started thinking about the safety of her own children at school.
“Having school-aged kids in elementary school right now…it’s made me feel a little closer to home, to being in Texas,” she said.
So far she has been satisfied with Burleson ISD’s response. At Monday’s school board meeting, district officials announced that the district had successfully passed the state safety audit.
“They know a lot more about who’s on campus and who’s off campus,” she said. “All the doors are locked.”
“Making sure the doors are locked, no questions asked is a top priority, but we knew we had to go further,” Superintendent Bret Jimerson said.
Jimerson says that at first the board and administration considered arming elementary school teachers, but then came up with placing an armed school security guard on each of the district’s elementary campuses.
Together, these officers bring over 300 years of law enforcement experience.
“Everyone will be paid a teacher’s salary, on the salary scale for teachers with years of experience,” he said. “People who want to be here, want to keep the kids safe and live for purpose.”
Some officers will start tomorrow.
“I think this will be a very emulated program when other school districts and parents see the quality of the people who have been hired,” said Curtis Brannan, school safety officer.
The goal is to have all agents on campus within the next few weeks.
“They’re trying to do everything in their power to keep our kids safe and we just have to be grateful for that,” Woods said. “I love that they are moving in the right direction.”