Texas District Gets Security Bond Boost from Voters
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The economic downturn hasn't turned voters off of school improvement projects. Carroll Independent School District in Grapevine, TX just succeeded in passing three school bonds worth $138 million. The largest of the three, Proposition 1, approved by 66 percent of voters, will provide for technology improvements, as well as the addition of security entrances for eight schools in the 11-school district.
"We are extremely pleased to see such a large voter turnout," said School Superintendent David Faltys. "What a great community effort on behalf of the children of Carroll ISD. I cannot say enough about the work of the citizens on our Long-Range Facility Planning Committee. We appreciate their research, planning and their recommendations. With this voter approval, we will now move forward in the bidding and building process as we oversee and complete the construction of new facilities and technology for our students."
The district already uses analog-based video surveillance on all major entrances and exits and other key locations throughout its facilities. In addition, video surveillance equipment is available on district-owned school buses. Most of the equipment was purchased as part of a February 2006 bond package approved by Carroll voters.
The district has 7,852 students and 1,108 employees.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.