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Sherman ISD considers campus safety options

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Sherman ISD is looking at options available to add safety measures for students. (KTEN) Sherman ISD is looking at options available to add safety measures for students. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The Sherman Independent School District is looking to keep students safer. When the fall semester begins, campuses could have armed teachers with police backgrounds.

The district will be holding a meeting on May 21 to gauge parental reaction to the "Guardian Plan."

"I think the board at this point in time is curious about what this plan could mean for us," said Tim Millerick, president of the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees.

He said the February 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, has prompted questions about what proactive steps are being taken to protect students in Sherman.

"This has helped us get this ball rolling to direct the superintendent and staff to look at it," Millerick said. 

Under the proposal, the district would arm current staff members who are retired peace officers. There are currently three former officers eligible for the program.

"They have the training; they have the background and the knowledge; and they're already on our campuses," said Sherman ISD spokeswoman Emily Parks.

Sherman ISD already has a partnership with the Sherman Police Department, which stations officers on campuses as they're available. But the district is looking into the possibility of establishing full-time school resource officers.

"We'll continue to look at expanding that program of having identified officers at identified schools, as part of their patrol and duty," Parks said. "That would be an expanded partnership from what we have now."

"We just want to have that conversation to say, 'We're looking at these options; we're taking them into consideration; and we're doing everything we can to make sure the safety and health and well-being of everybody is top priority,'" Parks said.

Parents and other interested parties are invited to discuss campus security at the Sherman ISD administration building, 2701 Loy Lake Road, on Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m.

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