Workshop Meeting Monday, June 7
With most schools closed for the summer, the Spring Branch ISD school board will turn its attention Monday to the budget, a report on school security and the need for improvement of career and technical education facilities.
The Board of Trustees will hold a workshop meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 7, at the district’s administration building, 955 Campbell Road in Houston.
Board members will discuss the proposed $360.7 million general fund budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which includes a proposed 2 percent pay raise for teachers and other employees. The board will vote on approval of the budget at its regular meeting on June 21.
The board Monday also will discuss the anticipated $86 million in COVID-19 relief funds that Spring Branch ISD expects to receive from the federal government to support the district’s efforts to help students recover from any learning loss that occurred during the pandemic.
Spring Branch ISD Police Chief Dale Dareing will present to the board an update on school security and the work of his department, which has 45 sworn police officers, four K-9 units and 13 civilian employees.
Chief Dareing will report there was an increase in calls to the SBISD Police Department for service from 2,813 in the 2019-20 school year to 4,519 in 2020-21.
SBISD will use a new designation for one standard response protocol for the next school year. The term “Secure” rather than “Lockout” will be used to describe a situation in which school doors are locked and children are kept inside the building because of a potential threat outside of the building. The term “Lockdown” will continue to be used to describe a situation in which students are kept inside closed classrooms and the building is locked because of a potential threat inside the school.
Chief Dareing will report to the board on general security at the schools, including the requirement that visitors wear badges, improved signage at schools, hardening of vestibule glass, expanded surveillance systems, controlled access to buildings, perimeter fencing, interior door locks and PA systems.
The board also will hear a report on the Career and Technical Education facilities assessment findings. The next meeting of the district’s Career and Technical Education Long Range Facilities Committee will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Spring Branch Middle School.