City of Boyd, school to team up

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
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With growing concerns about school safety following a string of school shootings, the city of Boyd and Boyd ISD have come to terms on a pact for an officer dedicated to the district’s schools.

The Boyd City Council approved the contract Monday night with the school. The Boyd School Board discussed school safety and security options Thursday. Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West said he expects to take the contract to the board for approval next month.

“In today’s age, it’s an essential part of the school and having a [school resource officer] program will help,” West said.

West said based on the agreement, the school will pay for 75 percent of the cost and the city the remainder. The projected total cost is $60,000.

“My goal is the first day of school to have them fully trained and ready to go,” West said.

Boyd ISD trustees agreed Thursday the district needs the SRO.

Boyd Police Chief Dwayne Taylor expects to post the job as soon as the school district executes the contract.

“I have kids at the school, and I want them to have everything they need to be safe,” Taylor said.

He expects the SRO to be an experienced officer and possibly someone who has worked in schools.

“The school wants someone with experience,” Taylor said. “We’d like someone with three to five years experience.”

Taylor said even an experienced SRO would need some field training.

A committee of school and city personnel would be involved in the selection.

“It has to be the right fit for the school and our department,” Taylor said.

Entering talks about a SRO, the city wanted a long-term commitment from the school on the position. Taylor expects growth in the city and school to provide the finances needed for the spot.

“We’re confident with the way the city is growing and the way the school is growing that we should be OK moving forward,” Taylor said.

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