LA MARQUE — Along with having two certified officers providing security on district campuses, the La Marque school district is also looking to add two hall monitors to its security mix.
Superintendent Terri Watkins said the district was looking to hire two hall monitors who could provide another set of eyes at the high school and middle school campus.
Certified security officers, who are allowed to carry firearms and write citations, are supposed to be provided by Houston-based private security company Executive Threat Solutions. The company has had a difficult time finding off-duty officers willing to work in La Marque, but the company and the district may have come to a solution earlier last week.
Watkins said the company suggested increasing the pay from $27 to $37 per hour for officers and reducing the number of officers providing security from three to two. That proposal has worked so far, she said.
The decrease from three to two officers will also provide a savings to the district of about $17,000, she said.
Hall monitors will not be certified police officers, so they will not carry weapons or be able to write citations, Watkins said. They will do things such as escort students, communicate with administration about what’s happening on campus and be in the halls while teachers are in their classroom teaching, she said.
“It’s just another set of eyes that’s in the hallways,” Watkins said.
Watkins was reached at her home during the holiday break and did not have the budget figures for the two hall monitor positions but did say the district would stay within the budget, in line with its solvency plan.
The reporting of incidents on campus will continue as it is done across the state, she said. While the security officers can write citations, they will first go through the administration to deal with an issue, Watkins said.
Hall monitors will also work with the administration to keep track of incidents on campus that are reported yearly to the state, she said.
“We are not going to give up on making sure that our students are safe,” Watkins said.
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