Alice School Board members discussed an inter-local agreement between the school district and the City of Alice for a school resource officer (SRO). However, the agenda item was tabled when the board members felt the contract set in front of them was “contradicting.”
On Monday, Willie Ruiz Chief OperationsDirector, presented the trustees with the contract for approval.
The SRO's responsibilities are to promote strategies that would prevent and minimize dangerous situations on school grounds, discuss certain topics with students, report to the campus principal and be utilized in the district's emergency planning.
AISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Scarbrough said the district would set the officer's schedule and would report to him and the campus principal.
“The contract states 'the chief of police or other designated schedule officer will assign the School Resource Officer's work days and shift,'” said Trustee Mike Cochran. “The way it (reads) there we don't have a say so...He doesn't answer to us.”
Another “contradicting” statement in the contract was when Trustee Margarito "Maggie" Perez pointed out that the superintendent and officials will pick out the SRO, but the contract also states the chief will decide who the SRO is.
The SRO will be hired from officers at the Alice PD. An interested officer will submit his or her letter of intent before being reviewed. The SRO will be reassigned to school duties district-wide.
According to Ruiz, the SRO's salary will be $60,000; $30,000 from the school district and the other half from the City of Alice. The district must provided the SRO with an office and a desk as well. The contract, when approved, is for a year.
“I have no problem with the inter-local agreement,” Cochran said. “I just have a few issues with the contract...”
Trustee Anjanette Benavides made a motion to table the agenda item to review the new contract. Cochran seconded the motion.
School board members asked is someone from the city could clarify the contract especially as Alice Police Chief Rex Ramon is set to retire.