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02/22/05 - Lufkin

New Technology Helps District Keeps Kids Safe

by Ramonica R. Jones

Fingerprinting new hires isn't a slow or messy process in the Lufkin school district.  New technology means the district can screen applicants and find out if they've been in trouble with the law in Lufkin, Texas or anywhere else in the United States.

"It goes to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Public Safety sends it to the FBI," said Belinda Brown.  "It's kind of like a relay, the FBI sends it back to Texas DPS, the response comes back to us."

Like most things, the process isn't fool proof.

Assistant superintendent, Johnny Giles, said, "If there's no record [or] a person hadn't committed a crime then it wouldn't be a record, but it does give us reflection as to their past history."

It doesn't take long to get final results.  The Texas Department of Public Safety guarantees an accurate response within two hours.

Giles said, "When the individual comes in to be employed and their doing their paperwork, this is going to be added to that sign up procedure.  So, it'll just be an additional thing they will do when they become employed with the district."

The L.I.S.D. plans to fingerprint all new hires.  Employees already with the district will be grandfathered in.

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