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Amarillo Schools May Be Safer with $6 million

Grant Fund Director Melynn Huntley Grant Fund Director Melynn Huntley
Amarillo High School Cluster Director Gary Angell Amarillo High School Cluster Director Gary Angell

Amarillo students will be seeing some changes in schools this fall that will make it a safer place to learn.

AISD has been awarded two grants that total six million dollars. One addresses alcohol abuse and the other will help the district address physical and mental risks.

Today I spoke with district officials about what changes parents and students can expect to see this fall.

Only 17% of school districts across the county receive funding for high risk behavior prevention and aisd has received two.

Grant Fund Director Melynn Huntley says,"I felt like we had won the lottery it was like who can we call first. We are so excited."

The district plans to hire five full-time teachers who will specialize in areas related to mental health, drugs, alcohol, weapons, and peer pressure.

They also plan to contract police search dogs that will visit middle and high schools daily. And new high tech security cameras will be placed in and around the schools.

Amarillo High School Cluster Director Gary Angell says he is very excited about the presence of search dogs.

"The drug dogs are more of a prevention and or enforcement," says Angell, "They work in prevention as in if students know we have a contract with this company then they're prone to maybe not bring drugs and whatnot. "

Next week the district is meeting with the grant providers to decide how to divide the money between each program the grant is funding.

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