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County rejects latest Goliad ISD SRO contract
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Sep 09, 2013 | 37 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – With their current interlocal contract for a school resource officer set to expire Sept. 30, the Goliad County Commissioners Court and Goliad ISD were unable to come to an agreement for a new contract during Monday’s meeting.

Also during Monday’s meeting, commissioners delayed approval of the fiscal year 2014 budget and approval of the fiscal year 2014 tax rate and set a budget workshop for 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss possible budget amendments.

The court took no action on increasing Goliad County Attorney Rob Baiamonte’s salary to match that of the county judge and county sheriff. Also, the court voted 4-1 against assigning accounts payable responsibilities from the county auditor’s office to the county treasurer’s office. County Judge David Bowman was the only one to vote for the reassignment.

Goliad ISD Superintendent Emilio Vargas III provided a new proposed contract to Bowman on Aug. 29. Goliad ISD conceded to the county’s insistence that the SRO’s salary coincide with the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office pay scale.

Goliad ISD also offered to provide its own vehicle and maintenance.

In May, the county proposed a new contract, giving supervisory authority of the SRO to Sheriff Kirby Brumby. The SRO, Paul San Miguel, is currently commissioned by Precinct 1 Constable Michael De La Garza. Vargas said the school district could not agree to surrender authority to Brumby due to a lawsuit Goliad ISD board member Robert De La Garza, a former applicant for the SRO position, has filed against Brumby.

“Let the litigation be settled and let us get through this year,” Vargas said. “This is not a 10-year agreement. This only takes us until the end of summer and then we sit down again and go over the process. I’m asking you not pull the rug out from under us.”

“Sir, we put the rug under you back in May,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Ted Long said. “You’re kicking it out.”

Precinct 2 Commissioner Alonzo Morales moved to accept Goliad ISD’s proposed contract and Precinct 1 Commissioner Julian Flores seconded the motion. But Bowman, Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronald Bailey and Long voted against the proposed agreement.

Vargas said after the meeting that he would discuss with school board members Monday night to possibility of allowing teachers and staff to carry concealed weapons on campus.

“We will consider some local policies allowing staff members to carry handguns,” Vargas said. “We will begin that process so we can provide a safe and secure campus.”
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