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Goliad ISD backing off SRO efforts
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Feb 07, 2014 | 39 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – Goliad ISD is no longer trying to bring back a school resource officer, according to Superintendent Emilio Vargas.

Goliad ISD had an interlocal agreement with the county for an SRO terminated by the county Sept. 30 when county commissioners voted 3-2 to no longer commission Paul San Miguel as the school district’s SRO.

Goliad ISD has backed off its efforts to find other options for an SRO and is comfortable with San Miguel serving as a safety/truancy officer.

“I will recommend at the next board meeting that we continue with the current process we have in place,” Vargas said. “The board has taken great measures to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.”

In October, the board passed a policy to allow Goliad ISD to carry concealed handguns on the campuses.

“The talk is about safety, so my response is to it is, ‘Will having a badge make you respond faster?’ In my mind the answer is, ‘No.’ ”

San Miguel was commissioned by Goliad County Precinct 1 Constable Michael De La Garza after the interlocal agreement was reached in February 2013. But the county sought to give the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office more supervision over the SRO position and redrafted a contract that was refused by Goliad ISD.

Vargas said he is satisfied with the GCSO to handling criminal activity on the campuses.

“They’ve been responsive with getting individuals over there,” Vargas said. “Our administrators and principals are very pleased with the way that the current program is being utilized.”

School board member Robert De La Garza expressed concern with the school district’s direction as far as security.

“I think Emilio has certain forces working against this,” Robert De La Garza said. “What we have in place now is not giving us all the benefits to be able to investigate crimes and be proactive instead of reactive.”
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