LAMPASAS — Lampasas school board members Monday approved the addition of one school resource officer to help maintain security and safety at the district’s five campuses.

Superintendent Randall Hoyer said the board has discussed school safety and security for months.

“We’ve looked at campus specifics regarding facilities, staffing, technology, and we’ve had a lot of meetings on campus to discuss safety,” he said. “Throughout that whole process, one area that came up was the possibility of adding an additional school resource officer.”

Hoyer outlined the existing agreement between the Lampasas Independent School District and the Lampasas Police Department that stipulates the school district pay a police officer’s salary for nine months, with the city paying the remaining three months when school is not in session.

“We’re looking at another officer with a similar-type contract,” he said.

One officer is currently assigned to the high school campus, and the newest officer will probably be based at the middle school. The officers will alternate to cover the district’s three elementary campuses, as needed, Hoyer said.

In other business, the board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to hold a public meeting Aug. 26 on the proposed tax rate for the 2013-14 school year — $1.45 per $100 property valuation.

Assistant Superintendent Nancy Yeary reported that students enrolled in the district’s English Language Learners program are performing well above the state’s recommendation.

“Each year, we get the (Annual Measurable Achievement Objective), and what it’s looking at is how our ELL students are performing and how they are progressing,” Yeary said. “I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made and the results we’ve had this year.”

Yeary said about 77 students are enrolled in the English as a Second Language program for Spanish-speaking students.

“We’re very pleased at how much higher our results are above what those state targets are,” she said. “Our students are performing, and our teachers are doing a great job.”

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