Five candidates are vying for two seats for the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees in the May 7 election. In this section, we posed a series of questions to each of the candidates vying for WISD school board. Their answers as well as biographical information (appearing in alphabetical order), are below.

Dusty Autrey

City of residence:

Waxahachie

Current occupation:

Real estate investor and bail bondsman 

Experience (relevant to office):

No answer.

Education/certifications:

1993 Graduate of WHS, Bachelor of science degree for Texas A&M University

Family:

wife Kristi of 12 years, 10 yrs old daughter Lani; who is in the 4th grade at Felty Elementary. 

Community service:

Active member and Deacon of The Avenue Church, 2000 - present

Waxahachie Lions Club 2001-present, president 2009-2010

Ellis County youth Expo Show Committee 2005-present

Waxahachie FFA fundraiser chair 2007- present

WISD Dads at the Door: Felty (founder) 2013 -present, Howard Jr High (founder) 2014 -present

WISD Mentor: Felty 2012 - present, Howard Jr. High 2014-present, Finely Jr. High 2015- present.

WISD Long range planning committee

WISD Dear Day Reader 2016
 

United Way Of Ellis County Board Member 5+ years

Current member of the WISD Bond oversight committee

Waxahachie Partnership Incorporated Board member 2013-present

TIRZ Board Member 2015- present

1.) What is the one goal you wish to accomplish while serving on the Board ?

Historically our district has been reactive instead of proactive in addressing the growth in our area. With that said, I would like to develop a long range plan that coincides with the City of Waxahachie’s comprehensive plan to identify where future schools will be needed in relation to the areas of growth in our district. This plan needs to be at least a 15-20 year plan that addresses long-term growth and challenges that a growing school district will face.

2.) What makes you essential to the WISD board?

I believe I am essential to the WISD board because I have a child in the district which gives me a personal, vested interest. Furthermore, I mentor 3 students each in a different grade level at 3 different campuses. This allows me to have direct contact with teachers and administrators on a regular basis while giving me in-depth knowledge of what is needed in WISD schools. Additionally, my background in the private business sector gives me the experience to help make financial decisions regarding WISD.

3.) Do you have a major concern with the district now? If so, what is it and how would you go about rectifying it?

My first concern is improving security on all campuses. Exactly how that will be done, I’m still gathering more information on the best option, but security does need to be improved. The only other concern I have would be keeping the trust of the taxpayers in our district. I would like to do this by being transparent with the 125 million dollars in bond money that the voters approved and entrusted to WISD.

4.) What 4 reasons would you give to a family moving into Ellis County to choose WISD for their children?

The first reason would be Diversity. I believe that all a person has to do is look around our community to see Diversity. There are many different races, ethnic groups and cultures within our district. I believe it is one of our greatest attributes that sets us apart from other districts. Second, I would say Choices. Whether you want your child to start at a conventional elementary school or go to a dual language program, at the elementary level is just the beginning of the choices within WISD. A WISD student has the option of two high schools; one being Global High, which is an early college high school with a STEM curriculum or Waxahachie High, which has numerous choices for extracurricular activities and a great CTE program. Third would be the dedicated teachers and administrators. If you have ever walked the halls or had an in-depth conversation with the likes of a Brad Andrews, Carrie Kazda, Kyra Burns or any other staff member in our district, you will see the passion and desire these individuals have in educating our children. Lastly is community involvement. I would say to an individual who has never been to Waxahachie, come with me on a Friday night to Lumpkins Stadium to see the passion our community has for not just our football team but also our band program. I would also recommend that they head over to George Solis Gym to see our community support for our basketball and volleyball teams. After all this, I would invite them to come with me to stand on Ferris Avenue and witness how our community comes to a halt for a homecoming parade that celebrates our past and our future. I believe these four qualities make WISD stand out over other districts in Ellis County.

5.) What’s your stance on WISD having its own police force versus having school resource officers?

First and foremost I would like to say improving security on all WISD campuses should be a priority. I have attended at least two board meetings and workshops regarding a WISD police department versus having school resource officers. At the last board meeting the current DISD school police chief spoke, and it is my understanding that at a future board meeting there will be a presentation from a district that uses school resource officers. After hearing the presentation from a district that uses school resource officers, I will have enough information to offer an opinion on which option would be the best for our school district.

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Floyd Bates

City of Residence:

Waxahachie for 26 years

Current Occupation:

Commercial Real Estate Broker and Business Owner

Experience (relevant to office):

30 years business experience with a background in property management, legal documents, project oversight, and various construction experience

Education/Certifications:

Graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BBA Degree

Family:

Married, with 5 children and 7 grandchildren

Community Service:

a) Serving on the School Board for the last 6 years, currently as Vice President

b) Taught Sunday School for 8 years and coached Little League for 7 years

c) Headed up a men’s fellowship group, including numerous outings with men and their sons

d) Assisted with a Men’s Initiative called the 180 Center, helping men to get a foothold on their lives and giving them a second chance

e) Served 3 years on the Board of Directors for North Texas Realtors

1). What is the one goal you wish to accomplish while serving on the Board?

My main goal is to make Waxahachie ISD the best school district in the country because we have the best kids to do it. However, in order to do this, we need to provide our teachers, kids, and employees of WISD, with the resources, facilities, and materials to do it.

With this being said, we can provide our community with safe schools, build state-of-the-art learning facilities, provide an atmosphere of education, that will promote and encourage our kids to want to pursue higher education well beyond a high school diploma.

2). What makes you essential to the WISD Board?

Let me start out by saying all the candidates here tonight, have something essential to add to the Board. I, myself, having raised three children in WISD, gives me particular insight into the good and the not so good of our school system and I, first-hand, know, the good far outweighs the not so good.

Needless to say, with my experience over the last 30 years in various businesses, in developing, managing, and budgeting different companies, I have applied this same experience directly to our schools.

Last, but not least, my passion and loyalty to the kids and to see them succeed well beyond their wildest dreams.

3). Do you have any major concern with the District now? If so, what is it and how would you go about rectifying it?

Based on my experience with my kids and their friends, along with my 6 year Board experience, I have found the students graduate from Waxahachie High School are not fully prepared for the obstacles they face, whether it be in colleges or universities, or other pursuits; something as simple as balancing a checkbook, preparing a resume’, knowing how to sign your name in cursive, having a better understanding of your particular gifts through personal assessments, and to understand who you are what you wish to become. These are a few of the things I would like to see implemented into our children’s overall education.

4). What 4 reasons would you give to a family moving into Ellis County to choose WISD for their children?

Wow! Where do you begin? Okay, for one:

a). Our unprecedented fine arts programs , across the board, are the finest in the state;

b). Our athletic programs always are competitive and pushes our kids to not only be the best they can be on the field, but the best they can be off the field;

c). Our teachers and staff, will do everything they can to cause our children to succeed – I know this by personal experience;

d). Our agriculture program is second to none and I highly recommend to all kids, it teaches the kids personal responsibility, hard work does pay off, and how to speak publicly.

These are just a few of the things it does for our kids. There is much more, but you asked for 4 – I could go on.

5). What is your stance on WISD having its own police force versus having school resource officers?

One, it is not that simple – there have been many articles, papers, and probably books written on this subject.

First, you must know the questions to ask and whom to ask, such as, the real cost between the two; however, the argument can then be made that cost is not a factor when it comes to our kids, which, I totally understand.

Another question to ask is, how well trained are the two different types of officers and are they both trained in a way that best benefits the kids.

A further question would be, is to ask ourselves, do we want an armed officer on our campuses, and if so, which ones? These are just a few questions that need answering.

Furthermore, how do you feel about the Superintendent having no authority over a school resource officer and who will the kids most relate to, and furthermore trust.

In addition, keep in mind there are other options available to us. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has a program that they could implement in our schools for a period of time until we decide the best course of action. The main thing is, we do something, and do something soon.

Personally, for myself, I would like the best trained person we can get with a firearm on our campuses. In addition to this, we need to increase our camera technology to detect potential problems before they happen, as well as having a trained eye at the point of entry to every campus. I realize, even then, problems may arise, but doing nothing is not the answer in protecting the most valuable asset that we have - our kids!

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Amy Hedtke

City of residence:

No answer.

Current occupation:

No answer.

Experience (relevant to office):

No answer.

Education/certifications:

No answer.

Family:

No answer.

Community service:

No answer.

1.) What is the one goal you wish to accomplish while serving on the Board?
 

To help the School District to meet its purpose as stated in the Texas Constitution, Article 7, Sec. 1, in teaching children to preserve their rights and liberties.

The high percentage of voter apathy among school district graduates (along with the expressed low understanding of the political process by area residents and lack of resident involvement in local and state government) represents a failure of the district to fulfill its Constitutional duties. There are numerous ways the district can LEAD by involving students at ALL grade levels --K-12-- in organizing, promoting, and hosting more candidate forums, town halls, and educational presentations as well as work with government officials in creating internship and page programs within the community. WISD needs to better prepare our future leaders for their civic responsibilities in our Democratic process, and I’d like to help with that.

2.) What makes you essential to the WISD board?

No other board member is as actively involved in the electoral and legislative process by which our rights and liberties are preserved. Waxahachie has plenty of overly-positive cheerleaders, but we need to seek a better balance of people who are not afraid to look at situations with a constructively critical eye and seek solutions outside the box of traditional thought. If we want our schools to be better than they are, we have to be ready to do things we haven’t done before, such as expanding on the success of Global High School, which is a campus charter school. that is freed from a lot of outside state-level regulation. We could look at creating an entire charter DISTRICT, where each school could tailor policies to serve our specific local interests, or we could find ways to reduce federal strings by involving local organizations to fill those needs. I am essential because I am able to help find solutions that are outside the traditional box.

3.) Do you have a major concern with the district now? If so, what is it and how would you go about rectifying it?

In addition to the Constitutional civics concern i shared in my goal, student safety is vital to the education process. Just in the last couple years we’ve had students hospitalized with serious injuries from 2 different bus accidents. as well as a 10yo arrested because OUR schools are unable to provide an appropriate, safe, educational atmosphere. Installing seatbelts after the first accident should have been an obvious solution. After TWO accidents? Even with grants available to pay for the seat belts, the community is the best resource to fix this problem through voluntary efforts. This is a no-brainer.

Special education children are not getting the services they need which is creating a dangerous environment for students and staff. Other parents have come forward expressing grave concerns throughout the Special Education program highlighting that this was not an isolated case. Redirect resources to meet the needs and increase the effectiveness of student safety and success in our special education programs. Teachers need to be empowered.

4.) What 4 reasons would you give to a family moving into Ellis County to choose WISD for their children?

A. I would love to recommend WISD as an exceptional educational resource, however, I can’t, based on the essential criteria listed in my goal. The State Assessment promotes WISD as All That and a Bag of Chips, but we aren’t supposed to be teaching students how to pass a test...., according to the PURPOSE listed in our State Constitution. You may have the smartest kid in the world, but if they aren’t good test takers, then they’re essentially ruined academically among the educational facilities we have established. There needs to be more problem solving, more free thought. Project based learning. Stuff they can use in the real world. In applying to defend their rights and liberties. On the flip side, you can have a kid that is an awesome test taker, but can’t read a map to get from point A to point B. Again: if they are unable to defend their rights and liberties, then we have failed in accomplishing the very goal that the school was directed to accomplish.

B. I would love to recommend WISD as a district that values the safety of your children, however they don’t. Lawsuits are being settled out of court and no accountability is being brought in to make sure safety concerns are adequately met.

C. I would love to recommend WISD as a district that exercises prudent management of our taxpayer dollars but I can’t. They just dragged the community and children into More Debt.

D. In fact, the ONLY things you should consider when you choose to move to WISD is how much you are willing to take full responsibility for your child’s education and safety and for your duty to hold your local officials accountable. You are the final voice in whether your child’s schooling is meeting their educational, safety, and emotional needs. And you should pull your child from ANY school that is failing to provide those things. Education should not be a stressful endeavor-- it should be a wonderful, amazing adventure that brings your family JOY.

5.) What’s your stance on WISD having its own police force versus having school resource officers?

Neither option is appropriate. Texas schools have had have the option to allow school employees with LTCs to carry on campus, and many have chosen to do exactly that. After having researched this option and reviewed TASB documents on best practices with this option, WISD should choose that option.

It empowers the staff that we already have, and statistically lowers the odds of our district EVER having an active shooter incident. It also keeps our district resources flowing directly into the classroom and to the teachers.

There are plenty of school districts that are already successfully doing this: we don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

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Mickie Hill

City of residence:

Waxahachie

Current occupation:

WISD Substitute Teacher / Volunteer Work in Waxahachie

Experience (relevant to office):

No answer.

EDUCATION Experience:

WISD Substitute Teacher on Various Campuses / Serve on the WISD Education Foundation, Executive Board (2013-2016) / Served on WISD Long Range Planning Committee (2014) / Serve on the WISD Bond Oversight Committee / Serve on the Global High School Steering Committee

BUSINESS Experience:

Business Major in College / Worked with George Mitchell Group, Developer of The Woodlands / Worked with Jack Rains, the 95th Secretary of State-and the Chief Financial Officer of an International Architecture Firm / Marketing Director for a Houston-based Architecture Firm / Developed my minority-owned collections business, Receivable Outsource / Hold my Real Estate license in Texas.

Education/certifications:

Degree in Education from Texas State University with a Major in Business and Minor in English

Family:

My husband has four children, and their spouses, who are lifetime residents of Waxahachie. David and I have thirteen grandchildren who have either attended, or are still attending, Waxahachie schools.

Community service:

WISD Operation First Day of School, serving as Committee Chair Person/Book Drive (2014 & 2015) / Adopt a Class Volunteer (2014, 2015, 2016) / D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) Day Volunteer / Rotary Club Member for 4 years, serving on the Board for 3 years. / Rotary Club of Texas, Four Way Speech Contest Committee Member/Judge

At our church, First Baptist Church/Waxahachie, I serve on the Human Resource Committee.

1.) What is the one goal you wish to accomplish while serving on the Board?

I want to help build the very best district in North Central Texas. To do so, each child (not every) but EACH child needs to be safe, inspired, well educated, and loved. This will heighten his, or her, love of learning. Whatever it takes to ensure such a learning environment (in our buildings, with our teachers and administrators, and even into our community…working together)…I want to be a part.

Speaking of “EACH” child. I am a member of our Waxahachie Rotary Club. Rotarians hold four tenets dear to heart. All 4 are good (such as the first one…”Is it the truth?”) However, it is the second one that I would

bring to school board decisions, in order that “each child” benefits. “Is it fair to all concerned?” Our little town is growing…we’ve got a new high school coming up…redistricting will be on our horizon. Choices will be made for our campuses. I care deeply about each child in Waxahachie ISD. My goal is to see choices made, for each of our 8,136 children, which are “fair to all concerned.”

2.) What makes you essential to the WISD board?

With Mrs. Evelyn Coleman leaving the board, after nine years of dedicated service (during the most trying of times) we will have a void….not only of an exceptional board member but also a void in diversity on our board. Superintendent Glenn has his “team of 8” including 7 board members and himself. When Mrs. Coleman leaves, that team of 8 could consist of 7 men and 1 female. With Mrs. Coleman leaving, that team of 8 could also consist of only two members who have actually taught in a classroom. Women have a different perspective. Teachers have a valuable, unique perspective, for your children. A vote for Mickie Hill would help keep an important balance of diversity on your board.

3.) Do you have a major concern with the district now? If so, what is it and how would you go about rectifying it?

I actually have gone back and forth between two answers to this question. One of the answers will be addressed in #5 of this questionnaire so I will answer with the following.

We have amazing teachers and counsellors in WISD but we are growing and I question whether there are enough counsellors available on campuses to meet the needs of students in their charge. The recommended ratio of counsellor to students is 1 to 350. We are way over that recommended ratio in WISD schools. For example, presently at Wedgeworth we have 1 counsellor (God bless Rikki Morrow) for 750 students. I am concerned about a student graduating from WISD asking the questions, “Now, what about me?” or “What do I do now?” This is not the fault of counsellors. This is spreading our counsellors, teachers, and principals too thin.

We have a vast resource of accomplished individuals in Waxahachie who might be available, and then vetted, to help build a career path for students. These individuals might even help students understand, make application, and receive various scholarships available from our generous community. Additionally, we have college students (who have recently been through this complicated maze) who might assist in guiding Middle and High School students in securing scholarships and on a desirable path, either in higher education or in pursuit of employment.

4.) What 4 reasons would you give to a family moving into Ellis County to choose WISD for their children?

The #1 reason that families move to a particular area is “schools.” We want to offer the best so that we attract the best.

These are not in order but I am an organized sort of person…and I am going to go broad and narrow down.

1. We live in an exceptional hometown. My husband and I love it here….we love serving in a community that supports our school system. We love living in a community that “grows their own.” What better way to “attract the best” than by “keeping the best?!” I have served in several organizations and on several committees in Waxahachie…fund raisers are often involved…right?? The answer I receive most often is “YES!! Of course I will help the kids!!” Whether it be playing in the WISD Education Foundation Golf Tournament (which by the way is this Friday, April 22nd) or placing an “I LOVE WISD” sign in your yard…this town supports Education. That is a good reason to place your “future” here.

2. I teach in the district. I see, first hand, the dedication…the heart…the calling, and sacrifice, of our teachers. They are never paid enough, they are never thanked enough. They answer that call day after day…when they’re sick…when they’re tired…when they’re sick and tired. They show up. There are none better than the teachers in our Waxahachie schools. At the end of the day, we might be “at our wits end” trying to explain the solution to a problem…exhausted…we, your teachers, still are there in the stands cheering you on, or in the audience beaming with pride as we advance again toward STATE!!

3. In Education, there is nothing more important than instilling in a child “a love of learning.” You are NOT going to instill a love of learning if the child does not want to go to school. Waxahachie ISD offers OPTIONS. A child may choose the traditional high school or Global Early College high school. That child might have a “bent” toward Band, or Drama, Robotics, or a culinary program (we even offer that option!!) I often say, “Let the child find what he or she loves…Band, Robotics, Drama, or cooking and that child might learn Algebra along the way.” Additionally, in finding one’s niche, a feeling of acceptance occurs…a feeling of belonging. If a child discovers acceptance in worthwhile options, the unacceptable choices in life will be less appealing and better choices are made.

4. This answer is drilling down a little more specifically into the classroom. This is fresh on my heart. A couple of weeks ago, I asked Mrs. Williams if I could see “first hand” the Dual Language program which is in place at Dunaway and Wedgeworth. Mrs. Vianna Armstrong took me on a tour. This program is amazing. The fact that each child, when entering Kindergarten, will be bi-lingual by the time he or she is in 5th grade will advantage that child in immeasurable ways in the future. Job opportunities will be greater, salaries will be higher, personal confidence will be enhanced. This Dual Language program (inspired by the Gomez/Gomez model) pairs students to work together learning English and Spanish simultaneously. This teamwork instills a sense of acceptance and belonging, a sense of cooperation and working together. On my tour, I observed a “love of learning” in each and every classroom…in the eyes of each and every student.

5.) What’s your stance on WISD having its own police force versus having school resource officers?

If I am elected to your school board, my top priority would be ensuring that our schools are safe. It is my understanding that Waxahachie ISD is the only school district of our size that does not currently have in place either School Resource Officers (SROs) or a school district police department. Presently, our security officers are doing an outstanding job. I see many of them when teaching on various campuses. They are loved and yet they are strong. However, our next move needs to be made. We could, of course, have “Guardians” or “Marshals,” in certain schools, which is a step further than what we have presently. However, moving a step further than Guardians or Marshals would be in keeping with other districts of our size. (Ennis, Red Oak, Mansfield, etc. have their own school district police departments. Others have SROs). As Waxahachie continues to grow, it appears that a WISD police department would be in the future. However, this is a large undertaking. We would need to purchase and maintain vehicles, hire and train and fire, if necessary, personnel, have a procedure of collecting and maintaining evidence, etc. Most school districts have deemed it necessary to step up to this large undertaking in order to keep their children and teachers safe. Planning needs to begin now, in Waxahachie, and the plan needs to be implemented. In the meantime, a plan with SROs could be implemented sooner. We need to move forward sooner than later. Our police department is outstanding but spread thin. Subsequently, SROs, perhaps, should be for an interim period…months? years? …with something in place, in keeping up with “the times.” A headline in this week’s Daily Light, “Ungodly Crime,” makes me reiterate…take a next step. My stance is “do something more…NOW!!”

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Dr. Joe Langley

City of residence:

Waxahachie (since 1986)

Current occupation:

Pastor, Park Meadows Church (since 1986)

Experience (relevant to office):

Long-time WISD volunteer; participation on numerous district committees; previously served as WISD School Board trustee; School Board president for eight years.

Education/certifications:

Bachelor of Arts and two post-graduate degrees. 164 hours of training provided by the Texas Association of School Boards

Family:

Wife, Cheryl, retired WISD teacher; Son, Josh, 1999 WHS graduate

Community service:

Served on numerous boards including:

Initial Waxahachie Education Foundation Board, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, YMCA Board of Directors, Waxahachie Foundation, Friends of Sims Library Board, WISD Partners in Education, Lion’s Club, Waxahachie Economic Development Council, WISD Board Trustee (Board president for eight years)

1.) What is the one goal you wish to accomplish while serving on the Board?

Academics and student success must be at the heart of any goals. My number one priority as a board member is to help each student maximize their potential. I want every child to succeed. However, as a board member, I’m not the one in the classroom sacrificing each and every day to produce that success. But I can accomplish my goal of serving students by taking care of our teachers and staff in providing them the resources, positive campus climate, security and compensation that they merit.

That is the chief goal, but I also have a desire to fulfill the obligations to the taxpayers and community regarding the 125 million dollar bond project. I have had a leadership role in four bond projects which each came in on time and under budget.

2.) What makes you essential to the WISD board?

I don’t believe any one board trustee is essential; each board member is a member of a team of seven trustees and a superintendent. I do feel that I would bring a temperament, skill set, degree of experience, and scope of knowledge to the role of board trustee that would be beneficial to that team.

3.) Do you have a major concern with the district now? If so, what is it and how would you go about rectifying it?

I don’t think in terms of identifying one thing that a board trustee should fix. As a trustee, one works with a team in establishing policy, setting a budget and hiring/evaluating a superintendent. Those are the responsibilities as defined and limited by state law. A board member can obviously champion various concerns for board consideration. Student achievement must be the top priority. I would also continue my position as a fiscal conservative that seeks to maintain a healthy fund balance while being a good steward of the taxpayers’ money.

4.) What 4 reasons would you give to a family moving into Ellis County to choose WISD for their children?

I could give more than four! I will, however, list just four.

One: WISD has exceptional kids. I just completed two days of interviewing candidates from Ellis County schools for the M.E. Singleton scholarships. The interviewing committee noted the level of extraordinary qualification of WHS students. They are simply on a different level. Do you want your child to be in that environment? Do you want your child to have opportunities to be a part of the finest Theater Department in the state? (WHS just won the Dallas Summer Musicals award as best musical.) Do you want your child to be in the best band program in the area? Do you want your son to play for a coach with the character and priorities of Jon Kitna? Do you want your child to be in the best learning environment?

Two: WISD has classroom teachers that are unsurpassed in passion, training and abilities. We seek to recruit and retain the best. Spend five minutes with a WISD educator and you will walk away impressed.

Three: Red Oak, Midlothian, Mansfield and Ennis have all built new high schools. But not one of them will match the high school that WISD will open in 2018. It will be the finest campus facility in the area. Would you like your child to attend the best facility in the area? Your child would also have the option of attending Global High with its remarkable environment and history of producing students that graduate from Navarro College one week before they even graduate from high school.

Four: Waxahachie has something no other community has. We are Waxahachie! There is a positive atmosphere, a community pride and an expectation of excellence that other communities simply cannot match or even fully understand.

So, if you want your child to grow up in the finest community, with the best schools, among the best kids, with award winning extracurriculars, taught by the top teachers, then WISD is your best choice!

5.) What’s your stance on WISD having its own police force versus having school resource officers?

There are solid arguments for both sides of the debate. That is the main reason I would recommend that WISD initially begin with school resource officers. If that approach does not fulfill the security needs, then the district could create its own police force. However, if a district police force was the initial step, it would be very difficult to ever change course once that approach was in place.

I see advantages to the school resource officer approach. The Waxahachie Police Department can provide a higher quality of officers, equipment and training than a school district police force could offer. Costs are also an issue. I have visited with dozens of school board members around the state that have a district police force. The maintenance costs and litigation costs are typically higher than originally projected.

Beginning with school resource officers enables a district to first try an approach that many districts and school attorneys recommend, but it keeps the option of a full district police force available. The bottom line consideration is the security of our kids and campus personnel. Both approaches would boost that; let’s begin with one that has proven effective in many school districts across the state. Then as with all decisions, let’s monitor, evaluate and adjust if needed.