Released by Lindale ISD

Trustees of the Lindale Independent School District approved a $14,800 budget amendment Monday night for additional safety measures at the district’s elementary campuses.

The amendment will allow for the purchase and installation of buzzers, intercoms and television monitors at all five of the elementary school buildings.

The installation of these additional security measures will change access to Lindale ISD schools. Building entrances will be locked during specific school hours and visitors will be required to speak into the intercom and talk with an office staff member. The staff member will be able to see the visitor from monitors attached to security cameras facing the entrance of the building. Once the visitor is cleared for entry, the office staff member will then press the buzzer allowing the door to open.

The new security measures will be installed at Lindale’s Early Childhood Center, College Street Elementary School, Velma Penny Elementary School and the east and west campuses of E.J. Moss Intermediate School. The security upgrades will be made at these campuses due to the architectural design of the buildings. The district’s other two schools, Lindale Junior High School and Lindale High School, have newly constructed doors that restrict those entering the front of the building to channel through the main offices for access to the school. The elementary buildings are older district facilities.

“We have many security measures in place to provide a safe learning environment,” Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt said. “Securing the front entry doors at our elementary campuses is just one additional measure to protect our students and staff members.”

Visitors will still be required to enter the office of all campuses and present a driver’s license or other acceptable form of government-issued identification for use with the RAPTOR electronic visitor management program. The system checks the visitor’s identification against a nationwide database of registered sex offenders. After the database check, the visitor receives a badge to wear while in the building.

Also discussed during Monday night’s school board meeting was the employment of additional school resource officers. LISD currently employs two fulltime resource officers to assist with district security issues.

“We are reviewing other potential safety measures to make our campuses even safer,” Surratt said. “We need to make sound, well-educated decisions concerning additional safety measures. We will continue to review our current safety procedures and discuss and initiate new security measures. Student and staff safety in our schools is our top priority.”