LA MARQUE — The school district is in fresh talks to hire a private company to take over security at La Marque schools this fall.

Trustees on Thursday agreed to direct school board President Nakisha Paul and the district’s attorneys to work out the finer details of a contract with Executive Threat Solutions, a Houston-based company that employs off-duty law enforcement officers.

The district expects to pay the company about $162,000 for the 2013-14 school year to hire three off-duty, licensed police officers who will handle security and traffic control, among other things, board Vice President Edna Courville said. Paul was not at Thursday’s board meeting.

Earlier negotiations with Guardsmark, another Houston-based private security firm, fell apart in June. Guardsmark was reportedly concerned about liability issues related to providing security for students, many of whom are minors.

The district dismantled its police department this summer in an effort to cut costs and comply with a state-ordered financial solvency plan. The police department and its 11 employees were budgeted about $315,830 for the 2012-13 school year.

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5244 or alex.macon@galvnews.com.

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Walter Manuel

We'll see at the end of the day after all of the overtime these off duty officers will be paid for after school athletic events, out of town sporting events etc, if the district comes even close to the $162,000 that their planning on spending?

My guess is that they won't come even close to that number....

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