Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Big changes could be in store for the Alice Independent School District after tonight's school board meeting.

Three action items on the agenda include the approval of new graduation requirements for incoming freshman, approval of a contract for law enforcement services and approval of a random drug-testing policy to commence this school year. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

This summer, a majority of board members expressed interest in improved security at both Alice High School and William Adams Middle School through the use of certified law enforcement officers, which are used for security at other school districts in the area, as well as Orange Grove ISD, Premont ISD and Ben Bolt ISD.

The contract for security services will go to the organization with the best proposal, according to the meeting agenda.

The choices are the Alice Police Department or the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department currently runs COPS in Schools programs at Ben Bolt and Orange Grove, where deputies are stationed at the high schools at all times, and APD has extensive student outreach in AISD through its DARE program.