Inside Inside CCISD. Special Session on School Safety

October 19, 2022

I was a bit disappointed (a bit). As advertised I was hoping to hear from City, County, & State Leaders on school safety and hear them defend their non action on limiting the easy access to assault weapons but that wasn’t what happened. There were no city, county, or state officials in attendance. That was disappointing since they have been in hiding ever since the Uvalde shooting that killed 19 children and 2 teachers.

But, all was not lost. The staff of CCISD did a great job on presenting their Safety Network. I took notes and will highlight the highlights. Since the Santa Fe shooting the district has spent $35 Million on hardening our schools and providing services to students and parents. They have added a total of 45 law enforcement officers to the campuses, created secure vestibules, panic buttons, door hardware for each classroom to secure the doors from inside or out, bus cameras, open door alarms, and security cameras on all campuses.

They discussed their apps available to the students and public called CCISD Alerts which is available for download. Their emergency protocol is consistent across the district no matter what type of emergency is being reported, a shooting, an emergency around the school, or a loose dog roaming the campus. The protocols for lockdowns, sheltering in place, etc as all the same.

I truly believe CCISD is doing the best they can in securing the school facilities given the limitations by our elected officials at the state level, who were not in attendance to explain these limitations. Unfortunately there are holes in the security that should be addressed.

As an example the most security for the campus is a fence that an 18 year old with an assault weapon could shoot through at kids playing at recess, or practicing football, or at band practice. Unlike the school classrooms the campuses are wide open. To compound this situation according to Texas law anyone (including criminals) can walk around in the open with a loaded assault weapon, wearing body armor, with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, large capacity ammo clips, and silencers and there is nothing law enforcement can do about it.

We were told at first there are no limitations on how close a possible shooter could come to the school but later we were told that the limit was 1000 feet if they had a license to carry. On the surface this sound reasonable but….how can you tell if that person has a license? Law enforcement cannot ask for proof of a license. They can only take action if that person breaks the law by threatening someone or shooting. This needs to be clarified. It makes absolutely no sense and should be addressed.

As I have said, I believe CCISD is reacting responsibly to the threats to our schools because of the lack of action by our elected officials on the State level. They are doing the best they can given the situation. It is sad that they have to become security experts just so that our elected officials can protect the rights of an 18 year old to buy assault weapons, body armor, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, large capacity ammo clips, and silencers.

It’s like they want to protect guns and bullets instead of girls and boys.

Inside Inside CCISD. Session 1.

September 30, 2022

I was invited to participate in a program called Inside CCISD and I attended the first session yesterday. OMG! I am already impressed and can’t wait for the next sessions that will continue monthly through May. According to CCISD’s website:

For more than 10 years, INSIDE CCISD has provided a unique opportunity for parents and community members to learn about the Clear Creek Independent School District. Through lunch and learn meetings, participants meet District leadership, staff and students and go behind the scenes of CCISD’s infrastructure, programs and services, and exchange ideas about the challenges and opportunities for improvements.

Our first session was an introduction to the program, our CCISD Board Members, and self introductions. In the class were realtors, members of the Chamber of Commerce, parents, retirees, and others who have an interest in education. Board members in attendance were Michelle Davis, Jay Cunningham, Johnathon Cottrell, Jeff Larson, and Jessica Cejka. We also were provided a “State of the District” presentation by the interim Superintendent Karen Engle. Some interesting facts about the district:

  • The district covers 103 sq miles
  • 2 Counties, Harris and Galveston
  • 13 Cities
  • 45 schools
  • 41,000+ students
  • 5,000+ employees
  • In 2020 CCISD lost 1400 students (3.5%), the first reduction since 1948!
  • Average salaries for teachers is $60,000
  • Their last budget included a 2-3% raise for teachers and support personnel
  • Tax rate was reduced due to property value increases
  • CCISD has 54 officers assigned to schools
  • 5 additional officers were added for 2022-2023
  • $35 Million added for security since the Santa Fe shooting

The next session will be focused on school safety with City, County, and State Leaders. Needless to say I am going to be very interested in this session. I doubt anyone will bring up the elephant in the classroom, easy access to weapons used in mass shootings like Uvalde, Santa Fe, El Pass, Sutherland Springs, and Odessa. Schools across Texas are spending millions of our tax dollars just to protect the rights of an 18 year old to buy military style weapons. But…..I digress….

Each month I will give a report on the session. I really appreciate being invited!

Greg Abbott to teachers: Quit or Quit Complaining

September 11, 2022

After 20 years of Republican rule in Texas teachers might be finally wising up. According to the Houston Chronicle:

Citing financial stress, a toxic workplace culture and a recent lack of support and respect, more than three-quarters of Texas teachers are seriously considering leaving the profession, a poll from the Charles Butt Foundation found.

Well, its pretty clear what teachers are being told: either quit, or quit complaining. Teachers have a choice in November. They can accept the low pay, the understaffing, the constant attacks by elected officials and the school MAGAts in their districts or they can vote to fix this mess. Under republican rule, that teachers have tolerated, Texas ranks 45th in school funding, 49th in teacher retirement benefits, and 49th in teacher healthcare. It just ain’t pretty.

But teachers can fix this or they can just shut the hell up and quit complaining.

Don’t Move to Texas

August 24, 2022

It’s hard to disagree when Texas leads the nation in mass shootings (8), is the easiest state to get a gun, a state where anyone can walk around in public with a loaded AR15, a 100 round barrel clip, a silencer, and wearing body armor. A state with out of control property taxes, electricity rates, college tuition rates, home prices, and home insurance premiums. Texas ranks 49th in benefits for teachers in the nation, 45th in education. Texas teachers are underpaid, under appreciated, and under attack. Texas doesn’t take too kindly to gays, muslims, Mexicans, or anyone who even looks illegal. Texas has flooded the streets with unlimited guns putting our law enforcement under constant stress to keep us safe. And Texas is ranked 48th in quality of living

In short, Texas sucks. Do yourself a favor, Don’t Mess Move With To Texas.

Recap of the CCISD board meeting community input. OMG!

August 23, 2022

UPDATE: Video of the community input section of the Board Meeting has been posted here.

After the 4th or 5th speaker she leaned over and said “I’m getting dumber just listening to this stuff”.

OMG. The Scott Bowen Bunch was out in force last night during the community input section of the board meeting. I have to hand it to the CCISD Board Members for having the professionalism to not roll their eyes or fall out of their chairs while listening to the vast white wing conspiracies being spouted off by the speakers.

The speakers included a lady wearing a military green t-shirt with an AR15 printed on it, someone using her time to say a prayer over her bible to her Lord Jesus Christ, and a “Dr” saying “After all it is one nation UNDER GOD” her emphasis. (By the way, “Under god” was added to the pledge of allegiance in 1954 and is not in any founding documents of the US Government.) There was also return speakers (like myself) spewing their new list of fake issues. (not like myself. LOL)

Prior to Trustee Scott Bowen’s crusade for board domination the speakers came to discuss class room sizes, bus schedules, redistricting, and other important issues. Now a small white wing group seem to have marching orders spewing the latest conspiracy like racism, election fraud, CRT, SEL, EIEIO, and bashing our LGBTQ friends and families.

Not every speaker was spewing stupidity. A few took to the microphone to praise the teachers and to offer the support of their organizations to enhance the education of students in CCISD. They should be commended for their positive words and professionalism.

You can watch the Bowen Bunch here:

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