According to Mike Matranga - Executive Director of Security for Texas City Independent School District, communication is the absolute number one priority when it comes to security for them in the K-12 market.
He writes in his blog on FirstNet, "You can have the best training in the world, you can be the best tactical operator, you can be the best shot, you can be in the best shape, but none of that matters if you cannot effectively communicate with others for reinforcements.
And that’s why we chose FirstNet for the Texas City ISD. FirstNet gets it."
One of the factors Texas City ISD considered when enhancing its security and safety plan was the data about school shootings across the country. To provide a more secure environment for its students, the Texas Gulf Coast school district adopted FirstNet.
Hear what some of the school officials have to say about the role of FirstNet in student safety...
This is the first of a 3-part series on Texas City ISD
In Part 2 of this 3-part series, Texas City Independent School District briefly explains how they are using FirstNet to connect to and coordinate with multiple agencies that would respond during major emergencies such as school shootings...
In Part 3 of 3 ~ Texas City ISD has assigned FirstNet Ready™ phones to its superintendent, principals and assistant principals so no matter what the emergency, they will be able to communicate with first responders.