Uvalde’s parents demand financial transparency over school security grant

During the school board meeting on Monday night, Uvalde Citizens called for financial transparency in relation to millions of dollars in grants announced last week aimed at bolstering school safety ahead of children’s return to the classroom this September.

“We saw a lump sum $100,000, $500,000 here,” one community member said during the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District meeting. “Now what I want to see is more breakdowns. Okay, who’s going to get that money?”

Photo: A school board meeting is held in Uvalde, Texas on August 15, 2022.

A school board meeting is held in Uvalde, Texas, August 15, 2022.

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The school board announced last week that it plans to spend more than $3.5 million on projects like replacing locks, fencing and hiring more consultants. The school district received grants from the State of Texas, the Department of Justice, and the Las Vegas Raiders football team to fund these projects.

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The district also outlined its plan to offer distance classes this year in response to concerns from parents that their children do not feel comfortable returning to school in person.

Becky Reinhardt, administrator of virtual learning, said there will be no limit to the number of students who can go virtual, and students can go back to in-person learning whenever they want.

Photo: A temporary memorial site for the victims stands outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.  August 8, 2022.

A temporary memorial site for the victims stands outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. August 8, 2022.

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School board members did not reveal much about the massacre in which 21 people were killed in May. When asked about the progress of fence-building at other schools, he did not respond, likely conducting his own investigation or timing the termination hearing of Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who is twice late,

The board will meet next Monday to hear community grievances.

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