Goliad school resource officer position in limbo: vote tabled

April 22, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated April 21, 2013 at 11:22 p.m.

The Goliad Commissioners Court agreed Monday to table the vote on the Goliad ISD student resource officer position.

County Judge David Bowman said he hopes to bring the issue up again in a special meeting by the end of next week.

"We need to make some modifications to the agreement. ... So that most of us can be comfortable with it and go from there," Bowman said, adding it will allow the commissioners and school board members time to renegotiate a contract.

The county approved the school resource officer position in a split vote in February, but concerns about the interlocal agreement, such as the limited county budget and a desire by some for a school police department, have since brought the vote under scrutiny.

Goliad Superintendent Christy Paulsgrove said the school wants to work out an interlocal agreement with the county because constructing a school police department would be too expensive, potentially costing hundreds of thousands of dollar for a separate communications system.

"We are not a police force or a police department. We do not want to get into that business, and we are not interested in further looking into that," Paulsgrove said, addressing the commissioners Monday. "We want to do a school resource officer, and we would like it to be with you guys, but we can look elsewhere if you are not interested in helping."

Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronald Bailey asked the school to look at how many officers they need to cover all of the campuses.

"We are not here to remove the school resource officer. We just want it done right. We are not here to remove the safety from the kids or the faculty ... it just needs to be done in the correct way," Bailey said.

Paulsgrove asked the court to make a decision soon because the district has already invested the school resource officer program.



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