Goliad ISD sees break-ins, adds to security

Goliad ISD has lost more than $2,500 in damages and stolen items after recent break-ins, said Superintendent Christy Paulsgrove on Friday.

To combat the increased criminal activity, she said the district has been installing security cameras on all of its campuses.

"We have teachers who like to work up in the building, and it makes them feel more secure - that if there are cameras and things and people know this, then if they (teachers) want to work at school late, they aren't feeling that they're totally unprotected and that anybody can walk into school," Paulsgrove said.

Four campuses have been broken into since May: the intermediate school, the middle school, the elementary school and the band hall.

The cost of the intermediate break-in was about $200 to replace the window. The cost of the band hall break-in was about $2,000, as a safe with cash deposits was stolen, Paulsgrove said.

The district has spent about $25,000 on the 38 cameras and monitoring software it has installed so far, she said. She says she hopes to have 50 cameras by the end of the year.

The money has come from various funds, including the general fund, the maintenance and operations and from individual campuses.

"We are hoping the cameras are a good start, and we will continue to talk about our security issues and see if there are other measures we want to take. But for right now, we are hoping that by installing those cameras, that will be a good start to deterring crime," Paulsgrove said.

Paulsgrove said they have made one arrest because of the new security cameras, but the investigation is ongoing.