JISD discusses safety, security measures
Safety and security of the Jacksboro ISD’s 1,084 students was a hot topic at the board’s Monday, Nov. 14 meeting.
After the March 21 tornado, district staff began looking into the safety of the district’s administration/ child care building. Research by JISD Superintendent Brad Burnett and Business Manager Christy Thomas found a company, ‘B’ Safe Shelters, which has a location in Decatur. The shelter, which would be portable, passed all the FEMA and UL standards and has been shown to withstand EF-5 winds, Burnett said. The shelter, which can hold anywhere from 48-80 people, has a toilet and is bullet resistant.
Consideration of both the Ag building and field house, which also don’t have shelter was discussed. Burnett said the subject would continue to be discussed.
Assistant Superintendent Sara Mathis gave a report on a meeting the district Safety and Security Committee. All three district campuses had regular intruder audits and door checks. The district has two way radios on all campuses and buses and performs regular district wide radio checks.
The board also listened to information on the city about a program to lessen the burden for those impacted by the tornado.
Jacksboro City Manager Mike Smith told the board the council approved an ordinance that encouraged residents to renovate and update their homes by giving them a threeyear tax abatement on the improvements only (100% for the first year, 75% for the second and 50% for the third).
The discussion of doing that for tornado victims began as losing approximately $4 million off the city tax rolls was noted. Smith gave the example if a home was worth $100,000 before the storm and rebuilding costs $150,000, a three-year property tax abatement on the $50,000 improvement would begin in 2024 and run through 2026.
“It will incentivize people to rebuild,” Smith noted.
Place 3 Alderman Greg Robinson said having more entities come on board will only benefit the county as a whole. Smith said county commissioners will “mirror” whatever the city does while Faith Community Hospital is also considering the plan.
Burnett said the plan is a good idea, saying “it will soften the blow for those who rebuild when their homes get back on the tax rolls.”
JISD will consider coming aboard at its December meeting.