CISD to possibly implement metal detectors

Commerce – The fear of knives in the classroom has officials with the Commerce ISD exploring options to better protect its students.

The CISD Board of Trustees Monday gave approval to move forward with looking at the costs of metal detectors. The district will be borrowing the Commerce Police Department's detectors and test them throughout its campuses over the next few weeks, as well.

The CISD could then soon purchase the devices for random use at district events and throughout its schools.

Superintendent Blake Cooper cited the recent tragedy at John Tyler High School in Tyler where a student is alleged to have stabbed and killed an instructor there in September.

The Board also Monday gave the go ahead to seek bids on a possible renovation at the former A.C. Williams Elementary School. Officials plan to turn the facility into its new central office, as well as a tri-county co-op.