Pottsboro ISD board proposing safety changes

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POTTSBORO, Tex. (KXII) -- Next school year, metal detectors may be used to randomly search students on Pottsboro ISD campuses.

It's one of three major changes the school board is asking the public to review and give input on.

"It'll tell you if somebody brought something they weren't supposed to bring," Jimmy Snider said.

Jimmy Snider's two kids go to Pottsboro schools. He said having a mobile metal detector on campus would give him peace of mind.

"They've been in the bigger cities for some time now," Snider said.

That's the first proposed revision. The second would allow the district to screen students with a breathalyzer before entering prom.

The third change would add a mandatory drug test for all students in grades 7-12 who participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities or request a permit to park a vehicle on campus. Snider said he's not so sure about this one.

"For that price, I mean if there's not a situation, I don't think you have to deal with it, these are students, not employees," Snider said.

Input like Snider's is what Pottsboro Superintendent Kevin Matthews said he's looking for.

"We want to hear back from the community. Our purpose for this is to be able to implement a program that keeps students from ever trying to attempt to use an illegal drug," Matthews said.

The school board plans to review the proposals again at the next meeting in April.

"Safety is number one for our kids," Matthews said.

If you want to give your input or read the proposed revision in full, click on the Related Link.

"Be involved, be involved in your community, know what's going on, you don't have to like everything, you don't have to give your opinion on it, but be involved," Snider said.

In addition to these proposed changes, Matthews said they just hired an off-duty Pottsboro police officer to be on campus during school hours. They hope the city will fund two permanent officers on campus starting this fall.