De La Garza voices concerns about Goliad ISD’s reversal on SRO issue
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Feb 21, 2014 | 418 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – Goliad ISD board member Robert De La Garza expressed his disapproval of the school district’s decision to not pursue commissioning a school resource officer during the Feb. 10 meeting of school board trustees.

Goliad County terminated its interlocal agreement providing for an SRO in September and Goliad ISD authorized Paul San Miguel to serve as a safety/truancy liaison.

“At that time, we stated we would review this position and address any concerns for safety and continue with the position or look at what else could be done within the district,” Goliad ISD Superintendent Emilio Vargas said. “The board was unanimous in its decision to move in this direction and I fell it has worked out very well.”

“My recommendation to the board is to apply for a law enforcement license in order to give us the authority as a district to reinstate Paul as an SRO,” De La Garza told the board.

“The district has most of what this position will require already in place as we supplied everything the former SRO needed during his short employment with the district. This included a vehicle with equipment, firearm, office space, computer, two-way radio, cell phone, uniforms and a salary which sums up most of what is required to activate this position. What this means is that for the same salary we can provide the school district with all the law enforcement benefits without creating another position and enhance what the safety position is currently providing such as directing traffic, patrolling and working traffic such as speed enforcement and making sure drivers are respecting our speed limits and buses, escorting buses out of town and making sure they return safely, working investigations, being able to apprehend, detain and arrest individuals if necessary and handling any law enforcement issue that may arise within the district.”

De La Garza had placed the item on the agenda for discussion. No other board members offered to speak on the item.

Also during the meeting, Vargas announced that board positions in single-member districts 1, 2 and 4 are up for election on May 10. The positions are currently held by Carlos Gutierrez, De La Garza and Destry Gruetzmacher.

The board unanimously approved a joint-election agreement with the city and a donation of $3,762.60 from the Goliad Athletics Booster Club to go to an agility mat and powerlifting meet awards.

The board also unanimously approved nominating the Goliad Advance-Guard to the state media honor roll.
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