Proposed 'dirt wall' to block two Edinburg schools from stray bullets

Edinburg CISD is hoping a 3,700-foot barrier will be the answer to keeping students at Harwell Middle School and Avila Elementary School safe from gunfire on nearby ranches.

School district officials and Hidalgo County commissioners are drawing up an interlocal agreement to spend anywhere from $140,000 to $280,000 dollars on the project.

Officials told Action 4 News that the county has agreed to provide the district with dirt, equipment, and fuel to get the ball rolling.

The agreement also states the county will provide labor for the spreading, compacting, shaping and fine grading for approximately 3,400 feet of the barrier wall.

The district will be responsible for the construction of the wall and maintaining it.

The wall will completely cover the north side of both schools and extend to the east and western portion of both campuses.

School district officials told Action 4 News that these changes are to better protect the students and they're hoping it will ease the parents minds.

This agreement will not be made official until it goes before the Edinburg CISD school board for a vote this coming Tuesday.