But this year, negotiations stalled in the wake of the May 24 Uvalde massacre, the horrific tragedy leading parents across the country to call for heightened school security.
Nearly two months after entering into talks, Harlingen city and school officials are now negotiating an agreement much like their previous pact, Mayor Norma Sepulveda said.
Amid talks, district officials requested the city assign its five off-duty officers to work full-time on school campuses, Sepulveda said.
As talks continued, school leaders requested the city allow its off-duty officers to work school security in exchange for overtime pay, Brianna Vela Garcia, the district’s spokeswoman, said.
“On any given day, we have 58 to 66 law enforcement and security officers present on our campuses,” Vela Garcia said.