School Security: Proposed bill would require Photo ID on all sch

School Security: Proposed bill would require Photo ID on all school campuses

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Another step towards keeping kids safe at school is on the table.

The Texas House is proposing a bill requiring visitors to have photo identification to enter any campus with House Bill 974.

For rural school districts like Shallowater ISD, the proposed bill may be costly. 

"The obvious question is it going to be a funded mandate or a non-funded mandate? You can figure around a couple thousand dollars for each campus annually, so that's $8,000 for me with four campuses. Money is tight, and I believe money is going to get tighter," Shallowater ISD Superintendent Kenny Border said. 

Ultimately, Border said legislators could be forcing districts to make a decision: School safety or school funding.

"I don't think it's the intent of the legislature to make school districts have to decide, and therefore hopefully, if House Bill 974 passes, it would be a funded mandate," Border said.

Lubbock ISD is one of a handful of districts in Texas already implementing photo identification on its campuses.

"It's just another way for the state to say you guys are doing some great things, but we're going to make sure everybody else across the state is doing those things as well," Lubbock ISD Security Director Stacy Carter said.

Carter said this is a necessary next step towards keeping kids safe.

"Basically it just means that you're ensuring that nobody is close to your campus, or on your campus and close to students that don't have the right to be there. Our job is to protect our kids when they're in our custody and in our charge, so we have to make sure we're doing everything we can to ensure their safety," Carter said.

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