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Kerens ISD updates campus security plan

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Select staff allowed under state law to carry gun

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KERENS–Citing staff and student safety, Kerens ISD’s school board voted April 19 to update its emergency plan to allow designated staff members to have guns in classrooms to protect the campus during a possible active shooter situation, as allowed by state law.
Staff members who have a weapon must pass a psychological test, said Superintendent Martin Brumit. “You never know where law enforcement is at that time (of a possible on-campus incident) and it could be over in 15 minutes,” Brumit said.
“Please rest assured that we will remain vigilant,” the district stated in a press release. “Kerens ISD will continue to do everything we can to ensure that our children are educated in an environment that is safe, healthy and supportive.”
The district notes that every person carrying must also be approved through the state’s standard handgun training and be fully licensed at all times they are carrying a weapon on district property.
The board also learned from Director of Student Services and Operations Brad Atkeisson that even though the district’s electricity fees on its fixed-rate contract caused the previous month’s bill to rise 25-30% following the winter storm, the school still saved $500 compared to last year because of the efficiency of new buildings on campus.
In other action, trustees: 
• Voted to end the school year May 21 instead of May 28 because of graduation scheduling conflicts with the host, Navarro College in Corsicana. Brumit said the district has enough accrued minutes to satisfy state attendance requirements.
• Approved buying 156 additional Chromebooks for elementary school testing for about $42,000 and approved the purchase of playground equipment up to $73,000, giving Brumit authority to decide which equipment combination works best for the district.