The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees recently approved an interlocal agreement between the district and the city of Irving to place a student resource officer (SRO) at two of the district’s elementary schools: Canyon Ranch and Valley Ranch.
“This is something we’ve been working on for a long time, and we are extremely excited that we now have an SRO solution for our two elementary schools within Valley Ranch,” said Sid Grant, associate superintendent.
Grant said Irving has agreed to share an SRO between among eight elementary schools in Irving, including six Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD elementary schools and CISD’s two Irving elementary schools. The SRO is expected to divide his or her time equally among the eight schools.
According to district officials, the Irving Police Department has a strong SRO program with Irving ISD and C-FB ISD. In addition, Irving police work and train regularly with the Coppell Police Department regarding school safety and emergency response, and they use and promote the same safety response protocol utilized by Coppell police and the CISD.
Grant said the district would be responsible to pay $24,357 for the SRO for the 2019-20 school year. He said Irving verbally agreed to house the SRO at one of CISD’s schools, but that has yet to be finalized.
“We’ll keep working toward making that happen,” Grant said.
The district’s attorney is in the process of negotiating and finalizing the legal language of the agreement with Irving, according to the district.