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Funds help improve school security, Supt. Rodriguez says
Pearsall ISD will receive over $3 million for safety and security initiatives at its campuses over the next two years through grant funding from the 88th Texas Legislature.
The school district will receive $3,281,279 from an appropriated $821,575,503 the Texas Legislature approved to support schools in meeting its adopted school safety standards.
The grant was made available to school districts that previously applied for a School Safety Standards Formula Grant and were requesting additional funds to meet school safety facility requirements. Included as part of the grant process was a Safety and Facility Enhancement (SAFE) grant needs assessment.
Those involved in the grant needs assessment included PISD Safety Director Bryan Jackson, PISD Police Chief Abraham Cantu and PISD Superintendent Dr. Nobert Rodriguez.
“This investment signifies a collective effort to enhance the safety and security measures within our school district,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “It helps ensure a secure environment for our students and community.”
“Preventing school violence requires addressing the factors that put people at risk for or that protect them from violence,” a press release from the Texas Education Agency said. “In an effort to support local safety efforts, on May 31, 2023, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the Adopted amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter CC, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning School Facilities, §61.1031, School Safety Requirements to provide a minimum standard for educational facilities for the state of Texas.”
Funding will also include paying for projects that have already been done to implement the rule dating back to June 1, 2022.