PARENTS WANT SAFETY AND SECURITY OPTIONS FOR RRISD

PARENTS WANT SAFETY AND SECURITY OPTIONS FOR RRISD

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Barbara Beto started this petition to Bill Gravell, Williamson County Judge Bgravell@wilco.org and

In June 2018, the RRISD Board of Trustees passed a resolution to hire a police chief and begin forming a separate Round Rock ISD Police Force. Based on citizen comment and push back from community members and parents, RRISD appointed a task force comprised of teachers, parents and taxpayers to reconsider the options and include the community in the decision. The Task Force was formed and got to work in August 2018.

In January 2019, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody met with the Task Force and confirmed his department could provide security for all RRISD campuses. At the subsequent meeting in February, the Board of Trustees revised the Task Force’s resolution to encompass the entire spectrum of safety and security options for RRISD, not solely the creation of a district police force. The Task Force updated the Board and asked for more time to thoroughly explore and research these options. The Board agreed to grant that time and asked the Task Force to present them with 3-5 options addressing comprehensive safety and security. The Task Force began discussing ALL safety options on February 25th.

The issues:
SAFETY –Student safety encompasses internal and external threats, bullying, intimidation, anxiety, mental health, severe weather hazards, in addition to fear of shootings.

EQUITY – Students of color and SPED students are 33-55% more likely to receive discretionary discipline than the rest of the student population.

COST – Forming a THIRD taxpayer-funded police force for all taxpayers will be a multimillion-dollar proposal and comes at a time when RRISD has announced 5% budget cuts to all campuses effective for the 2019/20 academic year (April 10, 2019, Policy Meeting, Part 2 of 2, 2:15 mark). The initial start-up expenditures would duplicate existing resources currently being utilized through Wilco. The ongoing operation and maintenance expenses will compete with funding needed for classrooms. 

A thoughtful, comprehensive Safety and Security plan for RRISD should address ALL of these issues. Policing alone is NOT the only valid issue.

Earlier this month, Judge Bill Gravell of the Williamson County Commissioner’s Court informed the Task Force that Williamson County may not be able to support having Sheriffs in RRISD schools. On April 25, 2019, Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan and Judge Bill Gravell confirmed through a joint letter to the Round Rock ISD Board President, Charles Chadwell, that safety services would indeed be concluded at the end of the school year in 2021 (letter available by contacting RRISD). This turnabout and contradiction of Sherriff Chody’s original offer has diminished the options that the citizen led safety and security task force can present to the RRISD Board of Trustees.

PARENTS WANT SAFETY AND SECURITY OPTIONS FOR RRISD

Sign this petition and urge Williamson County elected officials to reconsider their decision to conclude services. The Citizen Led Safety and Security Task Force desires the time and objectivity needed to vet ALL options to come up with the best safety solution for Round Rock ISD students and staff.

No school safety proposal will be credible without communities working together to address comprehensive school safety and security concerns.

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