MAYPEARL

A town hall meeting between Maypearl ISD and the community was labeled by Maypearl ISD Superintendent Ritchie Bowling as "informative."

About 50 people attended the June 7 meeting and many more watched the Facebook live, which was conducted by the PTO secretary.

"The Board of Trustees were able to hear many opinions and asked the group by raising of hands if they supported employing a Maypearl ISD Police Department and a Guardian program to follow. The vote by the public in attendance was overwhelmingly positive for both."

Bowling appreciated those who took time to attend or watch the meeting.

"This is a very important decision for our Maypearl ISD, and it should never be taken lightly," Bowling emphasized.

Several hours of research and discussions with other school districts about similar programs prompted the initial town hall meeting.

The week of June 18, the Board of Trustees will attend the Texas Association of School Board's Summer Leadership Institute and plans to learn even more on school security.

The district includes three schools with a total of 1,170 students in attendance. Currently, the district does not have any school resource officers or security guards on the campuses.

The board will vote on these security measures at the regular board meeting on Thursday, June 21. This meeting will be conducted at the Lorene Smith Kirkpatrick Elementary School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. This is a public meeting, and district leaders welcome the public to attend.

LSK Elementary School is located at, 1025 4th St. in Maypearl.