Birdville considers hiring more school security officers

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HALTOM CITY -- Birdville school officials are considering hiring more security officers, including armed guards, before the next school year.

Trustees and administrators talked about the security needs during a board meeting Thursday, but no action was taken.

In a letter to board members, Joe Cammarata, assistant superintendent for staff and student services, said administrators had met with police chiefs and emergency management officials to discuss the school district's security needs.

After observing a campus lockdown and staging drills at five schools during spring break, law enforcement officials recommended adding seven school resource officers at middle schools, and one at the Birdville Advanced Center for Technology and Learning.

Rick Kemp, director of student services, said he would ask the board to consider adding a sergeant's position to supervise officers on all campuses and to make sure that communication goes smoothly.

Elizabeth Campbell


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