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Marfa ISD Will Have Armed Deputy on Campus This School Year

(Photo: Sarah Vasquez/KRTS)

Tuesday morning (July 9), the Presidio County Commissioners’ Court met to discuss a proposed Inter Local Agreement between Marfa Independent School District and Presidio County Sheriff’s Office. KRTS Intern Sarah Vasquez reports.

Chief Deputy Sheriff for Presidio County Joel Nunez presented an agreement to the board that would provide an armed deputy on campus beyond law enforcement. The deputy would also provide educational programs in drug awareness, anti-bullying and handle emergency management. This agreement is based on a similar program currently at Presidio ISD.

Part of the agreement includes local housing provided by Marfa ISD, so Zulema Hernandez, the would-be Marfa ISD resource officer can patrol after hours and make house calls. She will also provide assistance to parents by offering counseling and things of that nature. Nunez said they are not trying to take over the counseling programs the school provides. They are adding to them and want to encourage more parental involvement.

Now that the agreement has been approved by the County Commissioners Court and Marfa ISD, Hernandez will begin on the first of August. She’s currently being trained in a school setting at Presidio ISD.