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PISD police department seeking state grants

Brad Ruthart
Brad Ruthart

Paris ISD’s Department of Safety and Security is looking for some extra money from the state.

“Anything we can get, we’re going to apply,” DSS Director Brad Ruthart told the school board. “We’re going to be looking for anything we can.”

The Paris Independent School District board of trustees approved two resolutions Monday to allow the DSS to apply for grants from the Criminal Justice Division of the governor’s office.

The first resolution “finds it in the best interest of the students of Paris ISD boundaries of Lamar County that the School District Campus Police for Paris ISD Department of Safety and Security be operated for the 2014-2015” school year. The grant would be for police vehicles and protective gear.

The second resolution says that it is in the students’ best interest that the “Department of Safety & Security adds additional Police Officers be operated for the 2015 grant cycle Year.”

The grant is a one-time offering that will be awarded competitively via a points system.

Trustee Dr. Bert Strom noted that recent presentations from campus administrators included mentions of how much they appreciated the officers.

“As a board, we appreciate what you’ve put together,” he said.

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