Maso named to Collin College Foundation Board Executive Committee

Collin College Foundation Names New Board

September 14, 2007 – Collin College Foundation Board has announced a new roster that includes three new members and a new slate of officers.

D. Baron Cook of Wylie, Richard Dill of McKinney and Joan Stephens of Plano will join the 26-member board that supports programs and student scholarships at Collin College. The board will be led by four officers – Ron Johnson, chair; Phil Dyer, vice-chair; Maher Maso, secretary; and Milton Buschbom, treasurer.

“I’m excited about the quality of our Foundation Board and their commitment to increasing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” said Johnson. “Also, I’m excited to be working with a dedicated college Board of Trustees, a first-class college leadership team and a top-ranked faculty to make a difference in our students’ lives.”

The new members will add a range of expertise and community involvement to the board.

D. Baron Cook has a strong business background. He is the president of Republic Closing Service, Inc., a company that has been named Business of the Year and Business of the Month by the Wylie Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Cook has served as vice president of Arapaho East, Inc.; president of Myran Corporation; and president of Newport Homes. Cook is a board member and officer of the Wylie Chamber of Commerce and a charter member and former board member of the Wylie Education Foundation.

Richard Dill has a long standing commitment to Collin College. Dill owned True Quality Pharmacies, Inc., a chain based in McKinney with 68 pharmacies in six states. After selling the company in 1998, he started Dill Investments, LLC, a real estate investment company. Dill is a member of the city of McKinney planning and zoning commission and is on several boards including Boys and Girls Club, Heard Museum, Chamber of Commerce and Serenity High Alternative School. He and his wife Diane were honored as Living Legends by Collin College in 2005.

Joan Stephens brings expertise as a financial controller to the board. Stephens is currently the chief financial officer with Stephens & Associates, Inc., which is owned by her husband. Stephens also has tax experience from eight years of work in public accounting firms and experience operating a private business, which included work in financial operations, investment decisions, human resources and cost analysis studies. She serves in leadership positions with Junior League of Plano, Southern Methodist University Mom’s Club, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and Pitman Creek Estates Women’s Club.

Cook, Dill and Stephens will join the 23 continuing board members to help raise money to support local students. Current board members are Richard Abernathy, Cindy Bauge, Milton Buschbom, Anita Collins, Bill Cox, Browning Duffy-Miller, Phil Dyer, Larry Eagan, David Hammel, Charles Hart, Mac Hendricks, Ron Johnson, Maher Maso, Steve Maus, Kim Quirk, Sam Roach, Bob Rothe, Gerry Ruschhaupt, Sandy Simpson, Lissa Smith, Steve Watten, Sharon Weinberg and Jane Willard.

Collin College provides a quality education for about 44,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The Foundation supports the college by raising private donations that provide student scholarships.

For more information about this press release, contact Public Relations at 972.758.3895.

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NTTA Awarded SH 121 Contract – Maso Comments

Local leaders want best deal for SH 121

By Danny Gallagher, staff writer, Colony Courier-Leader

Several Collin County leaders said that whether or not the North Texas Tollway Authority was pressured not to bid for the contract to construct State Highway 121 last year, they just want the best deal for State Highway 121.

And most of them believe theNTTA is offering the better deal.

“I don’t know what the truth is about whether they were told not to bid or encouraged not to bid, but if they were pressured to enter into this agreement to operate the 121 toll road and not build it and they succumbed to pressure, then shame on them as well as shame on [the Texas Department of Transportation],” State Rep. Jim Jackson, R-Carrollton, said. “It’s not having that pressure that’s the problem. It’s giving into the pressure … but that’s water under the bridge.”

Some current and former North Texas Tollway Authority board members said they felt pressured by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) into not competing for the SH 121 toll project and were unsure about what would happen if they didn’t sign a regional protocol agreement in August 2006. The Spanish firm Cintra was awarded a conditional contract in February to build, operate, and maintain 29.5 miles of SH 121 toll lanes from U.S. 75 in McKinney/Allen to the western merge of Business SH 121 in Lewisville/Coppell.

The next stage of the competition for the SH 121 contract will come on Thursday, at a workshop conducted by the Regional Transportation Council in Arlington. Leaders supporting the NTTA are being urged to attend Thursday’s session. State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, said state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, had sent a blast e-mail urging attendance, though Laubenberg won’t attend. Shapiro was out of the country early this week and could not be reached for comment.

Collin County Commissioner Phyllis Cole, who will attend the SH 121 workshop on Thursday, said it was her “impression” NTTA was under pressure not to compete for the project in the months leading up to the protocol agreement. “At the time, I was watching it very closely and talking with NTTA representatives and saying why are you not bidding on this?” Cole said. “I talked almost daily about the situation, and they were told by TxDOT not to bid. That was my impression.”

Cynthia White, Denton County commissioner and RTC Chairwoman, disagreed.

“I don’t think there was any pressure going on that I was aware of,” White said.

Frisco Mayor Pro Tem Maher Maso said he feels RTC and TxDOT were excluding the public’s interests from the project.

“I’ve never felt that the public was included in this decision,” Maso said. “Most of the time I felt like they were being treated as a byproduct; let me clarify that, treated by the outside agencies outside of Frisco, including RTC and TxDOT. I felt that their viewpoints (the public), their opinions, the impact to them has never been really considered. It was all about dollar signs.”

Peter Vargas, Allen city manager, said public roads should not be used to maximize private companies’ profits.

“I think that the public highways are a necessity,” Vargas said. “We all need them to get to our destination points and there shouldn’t be a profit motive in that.”

Maso said he feels, however, the public is now being given its due consideration.

“I’m happy to see that the public is being given the information that has been withheld from them for so long,” Maso said. “Open government is critical to the way our democracy works and I do not feel that this process has met that criteria of open government. I have to say again that NTTA has been a great partner and I’m happy to see them go forward with this bid and I do have concern that they will be stifled by politics and every city in Collin County and Collin County themselves have worked hard to protect the taxpayers’ interests. This issue has been forced upon us at times against our will and thus against the people’s will … I’ve been outspoken since day one on this. I wish the public would get more involved and demand answers.”

Plano Councilman Scott Johnson said he believes NTTA has changed as well because of the SH 121 project.

“I think they changed their business model and are seeking roads to build,” Johnson said. “They’re more realistic in their business model and expectation of traffic and tolls collected. They changed their management structure and they want to be more aggressive – part of it is an attitude change, in my opinion.”

After reading Friday’s story in The Frisco Enterprise, Frisco City Manager George Purefoy sent by e-mail a memo he addressed to “Collin County citizens” on Jan. 10, 2006. He said Texas Transportation chairman Ric Williamson said at a Dec. 15, 2005, meeting of the Texas Transportation Commission, “It is not in the best interest of the state to turn over a toll road to an agency like NTTA because that agency will attempt to keep the toll rates lower to the citizens (time stamp 12:01:49 p.m. of the meeting). Taking the comments from Chairman Williamson, CDAs are favored by TxDOT because they will not be influenced by local political pressure to keep the toll rates down.”

This contrasts with comments Williamson made less than a month earlier to NTTA chairman Paul Wageman, who quoted Williamson as saying that the decision about who would build SH 121 toll lanes should be a regional one, and that he’d be willing to work with the NTTA.

“The bottom line is that roadways such as SH 121 are being earmarked by the commission to basically carry the load for the shortfall in funding from the gasoline tax,” Purefoy said in the memo. “Thus, a select group of citizens, in this case the citizens driving SH 121, will be asked to make up the funding gap for what the gasoline tax fails to fund. If a CDA is allowed to control SH 121 and the tolls are set at the market rate to help fund other roadways for which the gasoline tax is insufficient to fund, then this will be tantamount to taxation without representation.”

Collin County Commissioner Joe Jaynes, who also will attend Thursday’s RTC workshop as Collin County’s RTC representative, said last week’s story “put it in very clear terms the ordeal we have been going through, but I think the key issue now is to put the past behind us and get the road built.

“Just looking at both proposals.NTTA offers a half a billion right off the bat. Plus there’s additional revenues which NTTA will be putting back into region, whereas that CDA with [Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte] would go into their bank accounts,” Jaynes said. “My view is to go in with an open mind and this is probably most important for this county and this generation. Let’s go in and keep an open mind and make the best decision … The bottom line is let’s get the road built.”

Cintra spokesman David Marguiles, however, said in a written statement that Cintra, as a private company, is taking all the risks and, if the road defaults, the state can re-take control of the road. Marguiles said that, in contrast, the NTTA as a public agency would have to raise tolls to exorbitant levels if revenues weren’t raised as expected. Other Cintra-provided material states the opinion that the NTTA could become bankrupt if it undertook SH 121 responsibilities.

Collin County Judge Keith Self, who will not attend Thursday’s RTC workshop, wasn’t around in the months leading up to the NTTA-TxDOT protocol agreement, but he said he believes the project needs a healthy dose of competition in order to find the best deal to build the road.

“The only thing I want to emphasize is we want a head-to-head, fair competition between Cintra and NTTA and I want people who are experienced at examining $5 billion business deals to be the ones making the analysis,” Self said. “I don’t think local elected officials are qualified to examine and do analysis on a $5 billion business deal. I want the competition to happen for the best deal to the American taxpayer and, of course, I want Americans to win this competition but the competition needs to be fair.”

Laubenberg said when it comes to SH 121, she doesn’t “really have a dog in that one, but she’s also hopeful the RTC can come up with the best deal for the region.

“I hope we don’t get shortchanged in the short run and stuck with a huge toll tax in the future and who can better control that?” Laubenberg said. “We will see.”

Steve Polunsky, spokesman for state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, said Carona believes NTTA wasn’t given an equal opportunity to compete.

“I think Sen. Carona has always felt like NTTA, being the local entity, should have a major role in the toll roads in this area,” Polunsky said. “I think he always felt that perhaps NTTA didn’t have the full opportunity it should have had and that was his thrust during the session. I think he’s very hopeful the RTC will see the merits of the NTTA’s proposal. It looks from what we’ve seen to be an excellent proposal. It keeps revenues local. The one thing RTC has said was they look very favorably on up-front payments to fund some other roads in the area and it looks like the NTTA has met that expectation.”

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, said she believes the NTTA offers the better proposal to build the road.

“When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” Nelson said. “That is how I feel about the Cintra proposal. They would not be offering billions of up-front dollars unless they intended to make billions more over the 50-year life of these contracts. And I do not want to see our highways turned into a profit center for a foreign company. I have much more faith in the NTTA, which the Legislature created for the sole purpose of managing toll roads in our region.”

Cole said the NTTA deal would also give the state and counties more control over the road.

“The members of the NTTA board are appointed by two members of Collin County Commissioners and other members are appointed by other counties,” Cole said. “That assures us of retaining local control. If in the future, say 10 years down the road, there are changes that need to be made, we can work through the NTTA locally to rectify the situation or give input on what the tolls ought to be. If that doesn’t work, we can go to the Legislature and change it. If we give the project to Cintra, it is their project for 50 years. The Legislature cannot change it.”

Coppell City Manager Jim Witt said he believes Coppell will benefit from the bidding for SH 121 whichever way the bidding goes as long as the city still gets the money for the Freeport Parkway extension. The city will receive between $6 and $7 million for the 8-mile extension.

Originally, the extension and projects related to the expansion of SH-121 would be funded by Coppell but as the highway will privately funded as a toll road, Coppell will receive money for Freeport, Witt said.

The local cities will receive money for road extensions no matter what bid is chosen, but Witt said after looking through the bidding proposal of NTTA that he noticed that some of the financing for the project will come from the Royal Bank of Canada.

“There is probably going to be foreign money no matter what,” Witt said.

McKinney Mayor Bill Whitfield, who sits on the RTC board and will attend Thursday’s workshop, said he wants to look at all the facts on both deals before making his decision on the two proposals.

“We’re trying to be as unbiased as we can possibly be,” Whitfield said. “We’re trying to get facts, which really is the best bid and quite frankly until we get through Thursday, then I think we can go back the following Monday. I feel like it will take all four hours to get through it. Then we’ll come back Monday, and vote and accept which ever is best.”

Attempts were made to reach State Rep. Ken Paxton (R-McKinney), but phone calls were not returned by press time.

Staff writers Dan Eakin, Tasha Hayton, Katy Moore, Penny Rathbun, Troy Brakefield, and Kevin Bowen contributed to this report.

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Maso encourages public to get involved with SH 121 Debate

SH 121 plans taking their toll

By Penny Rathbun

The City of Frisco has sent a long and detailed response to Jennifer Halstead of engineering firm HTNB on the plan to turn State Highway 121 into a toll road.

The Texas Department of Transportation held a public hearing last month to hear public comments on the plan to toll SH 121 and the next day announced the developer proposed for the project, Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, a Spanish construction firm.

Many in Frisco, including Frisco City Council members, think that TxDOT just went through the motions of having a public hearing.

Mayor Pro Tem Maher Maso sent a copy of the city’s letter to everyone on his Frisco First mailing list and urged residents to make their opinions known on the project to TxDOT before the deadline for public comments, which was March 8.

Even though the deadline has passed he said it is not too late for residents to tell state and federal representatives what they think of the project.

Although Cintra will pay the region $2.8 billion, Maso said that tolls are unfair to those who must drive on SH 121. He said that residents have already paid for roads through gasoline taxes.

TxDOT Public Information Officer Mark Ball said that House Bill 3588 gave TxDOT the option to receive unsolicited proposals from companies for road projects. TxDOT received five, three of which were from foreign companies. The two Texas companies that submitted proposals dropped out of the running and Cintra was chosen.

Ball said tolls on SH 121 will average about 14 cents a mile.

Frisco City Manager George Purefoy said he thinks the tolling of State Highway 121 is extremely unfair.

“It seems like everybody is wanting to get money out of this area,” Purefoy said. “Who is watching out for the citizens who have to drive on 121?”

He said that State Highway 121 is a diagonal road and there are no parallel roads to it. Those who must use 121 have no alternative. He also said trucks will have to pay more in toll fees. Trucks will likely drive on side roads instead of 121 because of the tolls. That will cause more pollution and tear up the side roads.

“I’m still asking people for public input,” Maso said. “I personally will not give up.” He asks residents to communicate with state and federal representatives.

The letter the city sent to HTNB can be found on the City of Frisco Web site.

“Someone has to stand up for the citizens, and I am very proud of our City Council for doing that,” Purefoy said.

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State agrees to sell SH 121 to Spanish company Cintras – Maso in opposition

Deal for 121 toll road announced; other projects to benefit, but critics question 50-year contract

By Tony Hartzel / The Dallas Morning News,

ARLINGTON. Officials announced a nearly $3 billion deal Tuesday to make State Highway 121 North Texas’ first privately operated toll road – a contract that will give other area transportation projects an immediate financial boost and free up state money to maintain roads.

When the toll road is complete in 2010, a motorist traveling from Central Expressway in Collin County to Coppell in Denton County would pay about $3 for a one-way trip.

The Spanish company Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte SA will pay $2.1 billion in cash for the rights to operate the lucrative toll project through 2057. It also has agreed to give the state an estimated $700 million in toll revenue over the life of the contract.

“What a great day,” said Gov. Rick Perry, who led Tuesday’s event at the North Central Texas Council of Governments office in Arlington.

“Today, we’re going to see Texas take a giant step forward in combating congestion.”

A portion of the road has opened in Denton County, but major segments in Collin County must be built.

State officials tout the deal as the first in Texasin which a single company will design, build and operate a substantial portion of the 24-mile road. But some state and local leaders question the wisdom of turning over roads to private companies and handing out 50-year deals.

The $2.1 billion initial payment from Cintra is expected to jump-start a multitude of transportation projects in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. They include traffic bottlenecks along Central Expressway and the Bush Turnpike in Collin County, LBJ Freeway, Interstate 35E from LBJ Freeway to the city of Denton, and the Grapevine Funnel north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The benefits of the road could reach $5 billion, state officials say. In addition to the $2.8 billion in payments, the deal also calls for Cintra to pay the $560 million needed to finish construction of the toll road and several major interchanges. The deal also includes an estimated $1.7 billion that Cintra will spend to operate and maintain the road over the life of the contract.

The deal must be ratified by the Texas Transportation Commission. Texas Department of Transportation officials will recommend today that the commission approve the deal, but the proposal still must clear financial and environmental reviews before it can be formally approved.

Cintra won’t have any comment until after the commission meeting, said Rossanna Salazar, a Cintra spokeswoman.

With lawmakers reluctant to raise the state’s 20-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline, local officials view the Highway 121 deal as a partial solution to their funding concerns.

“Austin, we have a solution,” said Michael Morris the director of transportation for the council of governments. “This represents the largest single financial impact to transportation in the history of the state of Texas.”

That solution comes with a catch – tolls that start out in 2010 at about 14.5 cents a mile. That compares with 10 cents a mile now on the Dallas North Tollway and the Bush Turnpike.

On Highway 121, tolls will be adjusted every two years based on the rate of inflation. The increase is expected to be about 3 percent a year. Increases will be capped or eliminated in years of high inflation, Mr. Morris said.

The Highway 121 toll road has been described as one of the most lucrative toll projects in the nation, one that was enhanced by the automatic toll increases that eliminate the politically risky question of raising tolls.

The deal reverberated from Frisco to Austinon Tuesday.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John Carona, R-Dallas, a frequent critic of the agreements, said that while tolls may start out reasonable, the rates “begin to skyrocket” when the contract reaches 22 years.

“Roads are built sooner, and there are substantial front-end funds that must remain in the region. That is the good news. What we won’t hear talked about is that toll rates will eventually be at numbers unlike anything we have ever seen.” That means about halfway through a contract, he said, “We either have to buy back projects at billions of dollars, or we’ll have to be ready to accept very high toll rates for a very long time.”

While state transportation officials praised the contract, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and other Senate leaders said the increasing number of such agreements to build highways may not be such a good deal on closer inspection.

“This may appear to be good news, but what I’m concerned about is there are some 12 to 21 different comprehensive development agreements that are in line to be signed, and the Legislature has no idea what those agreements are,” Mr. Dewhurst said.

When he recently asked Transportation Department officials what tolls would be required to amortize the payments under the contracts, he said, the figures were “astronomical.”

Mr. Dewhurst also said that transportation commissioners assured the Senate in 2003 – when legislation was passed allowing the agreements with private contractors – that “this would be only a pilot program.”

Now, he noted, “We are all surprised by the magnitude of what happened.”

Tolls on Highway 121 have left behind sore feelings in Frisco, where City Council members discussed a possible lawsuit during executive session last week. On Tuesday, Frisco officials said no lawsuit had been filed or authorized by council members.

Maher Maso, Frisco’s mayor pro tem, said the state has largely ignored the will of the cities that surround the toll road.

“It’s bad for Texas; it’s bad for our region,” said Mr. Maso, who stressed that his comments reflected only his personal opinions.

Denton County Judge Mary Horn said she was very disappointed with Frisco’s continued criticism of the deal. “If someone has a better method of funding transportation, we’re waiting to hear it,” she said.

Tuesday’s agreement further solidifies Cintra’s presence in Texas’ growing toll road network. The company in late 2004 won the development contract for the Trans-Texas Corridor. It also has the rights to build and operate a segment of the State Highway 130 toll road from Austin to Seguin.

Staff writers Jake Batsell in Plano and Terrence Stutz in Austin contributed to this report.

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Mayor Pro Tem Maso Presents Award to Frisco ISD

FISD Students Recycle More Than 26,000 Phone Books

Congratulations to FISD students, staff and parents for their participation in the city’s phonebook recycling effort.

FISD recycled more than 26,000 phone books during this campaign. The top school was Clark Middle School, collecting more than 6,400 phone books; Spears Elementary was 2nd with more than 5,100 phone books collected. Clark’s Green Team, headed up by the Life Skills class, is to be commended!

According to city environmental services officials, these books, stacked on top of one another, would be three times the height of the Empire State Building, or placed lengthwise, would cover approximately 4.5 miles of roadway (further than from city hall to the mall!. At an average of 700 pages a book, officials say the students saved 26,000 trees with their recycling efforts.

Maher Maso represented the city council and brought congratulations and awards to the top schools. He was joined by Jeremy Starritt of the environmental services staff and Doug Zambiasi of the FISD Administration.

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Maso Recommends Better Security at Parks and better cooperation with Frisco ISD

Council, board review roads, security

By Devlin Monk, Star Community Newspapers

Coordination in the face of the challenges of growth was the gameplan at Monday night’s joint meeting of Frisco City Council and board of trustees.

No actions were taken during the meeting at the Vivian McCallum conference room at the city’s new Municipal Complex, but discussions allowed school and city leaders to share ideas and examine issues.

Council members and trustees lined out construction projects with the mindset of avoiding lines of backed up school traffic for prolonged periods of the school year.

Construction on Liberty High School is proceeding well, district officials said, but the campus’ fall 2007 opening on Rolater Road off Independence Parkway will coincide with the city’s widening of Independence. The expansion to six lanes from Main Street to State Highway 121 is set for completion in September 2007.

Frisco ISD also will open its first campus in Little Elm and another campus in McKinney in fall 2007. Robertson Elementary School will be in Sunset Pointe in Little Elm, and Charlie and Charlotte Mooneyham Elementary School will be on Eden Drive in McKinney.

Replacing the HVAC system at Rogers Elementary School and converting Fowler back to a middle school are other major facilities projects.

“We’re in good shape” on building projects, said Richard Wilkinson, FISD assistant superintendent for facilities and finance.

Down the road, the district is weighing the decision to open a ninth middle school, possibly in McKinney, and a fifth high school at Eldorado and Independence parkways.

The district could decide as soon as six months if it will add another high school in the northwest portion of the district.

“As we’re looking at schools two to three years out, we’re just trying to make sure that we weren’t planning roads and schools at the same time,” Mayor Mike Simpson said.

Frisco Transportation Manager Brian Moen updated city and school officials on five major state road construction projects that run through Frisco.

Eldorado Parkway (FM 2934) will be six lanes from Farm-to-Market Road 423 to the Dallas North Tollway. Texas Department of Transportation will let the project in April.

Engineering is completed on Main Street (FM 3537) for a six-lane project from Custer Road to Preston Road. Design plans are set to be finished by December 2007 with the project let at the end of next year.

Four more lanes for FM 423 from Stewart’s Creek to U.S. Highway 380 are in the works with design plans to wrap up in January 2007.

The state and City of Frisco will divvy up the cost of a six-lane divided highway plan for Preston Road (SH 289) from Main Street to U.S. 380. TxDOT will pay for four lanes, and the city will pay for two lanes. Design is set to be complete in January 2007.

Although Frisco is starting to see progress from the state on several key thoroughfares, sections of Eldorado Parkway won’t be complete until 2009 and Preston until 2010.

“We’ve had a lot of discussions with TxDOT on how to get the roads moved up,” Simpson said, noting that the projected timeline for the State Highway 121 stretch in Frisco from start to finish was 1987 to 2006.

“They work in geologic time,” School Board President Buddy Minett said.

Mayor Pro Tem Maher Maso brought up the idea of installing security cameras at public parks in Frisco.

Curt Balogh, director of information technology, said that it would be possible, but the issue would be what the city wants to accomplish with those cameras.

Maso said he would like to implement a security system that benefits both the city and the school district as well as the public.

“A large number of people are moving into the city with expectations [of certain] services, and those services need to be seamless. Public safety should be seamless,” Maso said.

FISD Superintendent Rick Reedy and district staff members shared some of the things the district is and isn’t doing to protect its students.

To prevent crises from flaring up on its campuses, the district works to keep its ratio of students to adults low, utilizes school resource officers on campus to identify stressful situations such as students not getting along or students whose behavior warrants monitoring, and employs security personnel at high school campuses to make sure only people who belong on those campuses are allowed on site.

“Nothing is ever foolproof, but we think our students are safer than most,” Reedy said. “They’ve (SROs) have spotted some danger signals that have allowed us to prevent some things before they were able to happen.”

Frisco Police Department has provided district employees with options for what they can do to prevent or react to school violence.

“We have just started working with staff to provide them options, not recommendations or (telling them) what they have to do or should do, but what they can do,” Police Chief Todd Renshaw said, referring to Burleson schools’ recent plan to instruct its students to rush and combat a gunman who invades their campus as “a little insane.”

The school district has a crisis management plan that it shares with local police. The district also has several campus crisis teams comprising six to eight campus administrators at each school who conduct tabletop exercises with police officials.

One council member asked how the police department would work with school officials if a threat of violence were to occur at a Frisco school.

“If a worst-case scenario were to happen, the police department jumps in and the school (administration) steps aside to let us do our job,” Renshaw said.

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