The Goliad ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of a full-time security officer at its Dec. 11 meeting, three days before 20 kindergarten students and six faculty and staff members were killed by a lone gunman after he forced his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“We’re hoping to use this person to be a presence at events, lunch, in the hallways and also to be there to patrol the grounds after hours,” Goliad ISD Superintendent Christy Paulsgrove said Monday.
The school district was prompted to hire a security officer after recent burglaries and break-ins at Goliad ISD campuses. The district recently installed 38 security cameras at its campuses and plans to have 50 installed by the end of the school year.
The security officer will have three years experience in law enforcement, security or a related field. Goliad ISD began advertising the position this week.
The Connecticut tragedy has prompted Goliad ISD and other school districts throughout the country to reevaluate their security procedures.
“We had already been thinking about this before this happened,” Paulsgrove said. “We’ll have some meetings with staff to go over the safety rules we have.
“We’re making sure all our doors are locked. Sometimes, it can be a little inconvenient. Only the principals will direct which doors will stay open.”
Paulsgrove said the security officer will be housed at the high school and patrol all campuses.
Paulsgrove said she hopes to have a security officer on campus by the end of January.
“We’re hoping to hire someone at the Jan. 14 board meeting,” she said. “We’re going to be interviewing after Christmas and try to get somebody hired.”