They are here to serve and protect, but like all things it takes money to run a successful law enforcement agency. While both Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke and Uvalde Police Chief Eric Herrera said their departments are not underfunded, each outlined areas in their respective departments that could use some extra help.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has undergone many changes in the past year, due in large part to a new superintendent and passing of the tax ratification election that netted the school district an additional $2.4 million. Roughly half of the money, $1.2 million, was allocated for teacher pay raises. Thirty-three percent of the money, or $797,793, was allocated for repairs to facilities and 17 percent, or $408,000, was earmarked for new technology.
Since it was decommissioned in 2012, the fate of the old Uvalde County Jail has been a topic of some discussion for county officials. Plans ranged from selling the building outright to merely stripping it of its bars and selling them as scrap metal. Now, however, sections of the jail are being made over to house the county’s juvenile probation program.
Students and their parents join faculty and staff at Knippa Independent School District on Thursday afternoon for a balloon release memorializing late principal Merlyn Schneider. The ceremony was held at the same time as the Glen Rose funeral service for Schneider, who was killed one week ago today when a suspected drunk driver crashed into her car in San Antonio.
Uvalde police experienced the shock of a lifetime Tuesday when they were shot with the Taser device during a certification course. A total of 16 officers completed the eight-hour Taser certification course. The roster of now-certified law enforcement officers includes Lt. Mike Hernandez, Sgt. Eduardo Canales, Cpl. Detective Adrian Gonzales, Cpl. Louis Landry, Cpl. Bobby Ruiz, K-9 Officer Felipe Ramon and officers Jose Rodriguez, Rudy Astran III, Ramon Morin, Hoshi Segura, Colton Valenzuela, Fred De La Cruz, Brandon Smith, Chad Kretschmer and Derek Reagan.
Drivers have been warned, and beginning tomorrow Uvalde police will start issuing citations for traffic violations at Robb Elementary. This year, due to enrollment increases and subsequent traffic congestion, Uvalde City Council designated the block of Old Carrizo Road in front of the school as a one-way street from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. on school days.
In the 2014-2015 school year, younger students will start school at 7:45 a.m. and older students will start at 8:30 a.m. as Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District will be implementing a staggered bell schedule. The plan is expected to save the district money in transportation expenses and reduce the amount of time students spend on the bus.
Marine LCpl Martin Morquecho poses for a picture with the Uvalde Leader-News on a past field operation near Mount Fuji – pictured in the background – in Japan. He has been stationed in Okinawa, Japan, for over a year and a half.