FORNEY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
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Forney ISD Continually Enhancing Safety
“We are looking forward to partnering with the county in a way that increases safety and security for our students, staff and the surrounding communities of North Forney,” Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry said. “Student and staff safety is always a top priority, and this collaboration also allows for educational facilities within the future site.”
On Monday, July 29, the Forney ISD school board approved providing 15 acres adjacent to North Forney High School to the county for a possible future sub-courthouse and sub-station.
The property may be used for a future facility, such as, “a County sub-courthouse and substation for the county’s Sheriff's Department… Such purpose shall benefit the public interest of the District as the County Facility will increase the presence of law enforcement services to schools and neighborhoods within the boundaries of the District thereby increasing safety for District students and staff. The County Facility and the Property shall not be used for any detention of any persons in custody, nor shall any cells be constructed, installed, operated, or maintained in the County Facility,” according to the lease agreement.
“Kaufman County is grateful and excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Forney ISD to explore expanding county law enforcement and services into the Forney area,” Kaufman County Judge Hal Richards said. “Our long-standing relationship in providing Forney ISD School Resource Officers is just one example of collaborating to ensure the safety of our citizens, and this opportunity will only further enhance our community.”
During the previous school year, the district implemented a number of safety and security upgrades at all campuses by installing new security cameras, electronic card reader door locks, new fire panels and video recognition entry systems, updating safety procedures and increasing security personnel.
In addition, the District implemented a number of new security programs and plans including implementing a safety and security committee consisting of representatives from the county and city emergency management coordinator’s office; representatives from the local police department and the county sheriff’s department; representatives from the school District’s School Resource Officer (SRO) program; representatives from the municipality with territory included within the boundaries of the District; District administrators, Forney ISD board members and classroom teachers.
“We are proactively and continually looking for opportunities to improve our safety and security on all campuses,” Chief of Human Services Rick Geer said. “From safety equipment additions and renovations to alert systems to partnerships with local law enforcement, we will continually strive for what’s best for our students.”
With the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Forney ISD is launching a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®, which allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report urgent information to school officials.
The system encourages students, parents and staff to confidentially report bullying, cyber-bullying, and other sensitive topics through private messages to our administration.