ARGYLE — Kevin Faciane, Argyle school board president, said trustees could be prepared to consider hiring a district police chief as early as Oct. 21.
The board met in closed session Wednesday for more than two hours to discuss the duties of the board and school district regarding security and the hiring of a police chief but returned to open session and took no action on items discussed behind closed doors.
“We’ve interviewed some candidates, and we’re going through the process to select a final candidate or final candidates,” Faciane said. “We’ve got some additional interviews to conduct.”
The Argyle school district began advertising the police chief position Aug. 20, Superintendent Telena Wright said. As of Thursday, 16 people had applied for the job, she said, and the district will look to interview seven candidates. Wright said she could be prepared to present the board with candidate recommendations for hire by the board’s Oct. 21 meeting.
“It’s a very talented, well-qualified applicant pool,” Wright said.
In August, the school board unanimously passed a resolution to establish a district police department. District officials have said the establishment of its own department allows for jurisdiction in all areas of the district’s 48 square miles, including land outside town limits and property outside the district’s boundaries that’s owned, leased or under the control of the Argyle school district.
Since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December, the district has looked at ways to provide better security at its facilities and for its students and staff.
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