Marmion Dambrino, director of athletics with the Houston Independent School District, believes most high schools need to show the same security concern from 3:30 to 11 p.m. that they do during normal school hours.
"Most high schools are deficient in not having after-hours emergency plans," Dambrino
says, noting that her
district - which includes 24 high schools and 43 middle schools with athletic departments - excels in after-hours athletic event security.
"From the time any of our events are scheduled, we begin communicating with our district police departments and the sergeants who schedule officers at our district venues," she
But if all things were equal, there's one investment both Gladney and Dambrino
would not hesitate to make: cameras.
, "I would love to have multiple cameras installed at each athletic field and field house, and have the staff to monitor those cameras 24 hours a day, with double the staff during events.
I would also love to have a security drone."
loves the idea of a security drone to monitor activity at her
recognizes the security headache drones, in general, pose for her
in the near future.
"The long-term security threat that may not be on the radar screen of high school athletic directors would be unfriendly drones entering a stadium during a large outside event," says Dambrino
, noting that active shooters remain a top concern, as well.