LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - At last week's Lufkin ISD School Board meeting, the trustees voted to approve a number of safety and security measures for the district, including adding a canine to the LISD Police Department and purchasing five rifles that will be locked and stored in secure locations.
"We want our police officers to be equipped with the best security measures possible," Board President Scott Skelton said during the meeting.
The dog will be used to sniff out explosives and drugs, a press release stated. Paul Jackson, who was a canine officer for the Lufkin Police Department, will become the LISD PD canine officer.
"The dog won't be a 'take down' or a bite dog but can sniff out contraband," the press release stated.
The LISD Board of Trustees also voted to install a keyless entry system at Lufkin High School that uses biometrics to limit access to the campus. It will require a fingerprint and not an ID card, according to the press release.
As part of the new safety and security measures, LISD will also hire two additional parking guards for the Lufkin Middle School campus.
Hall Henderson, an LISD Board of Trustees member, thanked the police department for being forward thinking in its effort to keep the school district's campuses safe.
During the June 21 meeting, the LISD board also hired Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong as the architectural firm for the project, the press release stated.
"We're super excited and humbled," Mark Strong said. "We're ready to hit the ground running. We have about ten items to work with the district in the next few days. We're very excited and can't wait to get to work on it."
In addition, the LISD board voted to approve a resolution to canvas non-graduates from before the 2011-2012 school year who didn't get their high school diplomas because of the TAKS test.
"The district may now use other criteria to earn the credit and forego the TAKS assessment," the press release stated. "With this resolution, the district can move ahead on finding past students who would like to go back to receive their high school diplomas."
The LISD board also announced that Scott Walters will be the new principal of the alternative campus. In addition, Ashley Martin will be the new head softball coach, Hunter Russell will be the high school cross-country coach, and Kristie Russell will be the head cheerleader coach and a math teacher.