FRISCO, TX — A Monday evening board of trustees meeting in Frisco implemented some significant changes for the upcoming school year, including measures to step up school security and a new system that will no longer identify students by class rank.
Kevin Haller, Frisco ISD’s Director of Security, addressed the board with a plan to tighten school security not by adding armed guards or metal detectors, but instead by increasing personnel.
The district intends to add five crisis counselors at Frisco high schools, in addition to instructional supportive personnel and an emergency manager, Haller said.
The district is also implementing the use of an application called “STOPit,” which allows students to report suspicious behavior.
According to STOPit’s website, “Everything about STOPit is designed to save you time and reduce your workload. STOPit streamlines your processes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of investigations with STOPit’s case management system. STOPit is also a powerful deterrent. Students start thinking twice before making a bad decision. Fewer incidents translates into less work for you.”
Haller said the app will give security officials an edge when it comes to investigating reports of suspicious behavior.
“Sometimes all we need is just a little more information to do a more thorough investigation,” he said.