Help wanted: Boyd ISD forms committees for security, discipline

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 7, 2018
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Boyd ISD is looking for parents of students on each of their four campuses to serve on a pair of advisory committees on school security.

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West said he will be forming a safety and security committee along with a discipline committee to analyze the code of conduct at the district and campus levels. The two committees that will have five parents per campus will also include teachers and administrators. He is targeting late April or early May for the first meeting for both groups.

“This will not be one meeting. This will be multiple meetings throughout the summer,” West said. “We want to get the process started in May and work well into the summer.

“These will be two totally different entities. We already have advisory committees for district improvement and in other areas. We want to get many more people involved.”

The formation of the committees follows an in-depth discussion on campus security last month by the school board. Trustees tasked West with bringing back information on a variety of security measures at its next meeting, which is slated for Monday night. Trustees are expected to approve a contract with the city of Boyd for a full-time school resource officer.

“What we talked about in the meeting last month was getting more people involved,” said Boyd ISD School Board President Bill Childress. “The more we can get the word out in the community the better. It’ll be nice to get some different perspectives.

“It’s about getting as much data together as possible. Putting parents together with community members and employees will help generate ideas. We want to find the best solutions that fit our district.”

The safety and security committee will be looking at all areas of security, according to West.

“It’s not just policy and procedures. It’s also looking at new products and our way of doing things,” West said. “We want to make sure we are communicating to the general public that we are providing a safe and secure environment. We want to do everything we can to show and give the stakeholders confidence in what we do.”

The big task for the discipline committee will be combing through the code of conduct manuals on the four campuses and making sure they are aligned.

“They will help develop the code of conduct and discipline guidelines for the entire district,” West said. “We want to make sure we’re consistent from campus to campus. We also want to make sure people know what the discipline procedures are.”

Childress agreed that is important to have consistency from campus to campus.

“We don’t want there to be inconsistencies,” Childress said. “We want everyone to know the repercussions of their actions.”

West is asking anyone interested in serving on the committees to contact the campus administrators.

“There’s already been a lot of parents responding. It’s encouraging, the interest,” West said.

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