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Rusk company covers some cost of school security upgrades

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An East Texas company is pitching in to help make students at Rusk Independent School District safer.

Berry & Clay Construction will be working on renovations and security upgrades for the district, but that's not the only way they're helping out.

The company is also waiving some fees related to the construction, doing what the district calls "a public service."

"Taking the stance of not charging Rusk construction management fees speaks to the true heart of the leadership in the company," said Rusk ISD Superintendent Scott Davis. "They live here. They have children that attend our campuses. They have spouses that work on our campuses. They're citizens right along with us."

Officials don't have an official cost for the project yet, nor how much money they will save by Berry & Clay waiving the construction management fees. The district does say that this action underlines how its community is pitching in when it comes to taking care of its own.

"It's a very powerful statement when a company says, ‘we're a for-profit business, but we're in the for-our-community business," said Davis.

The school district said it is still finalizing designs for upgrades to all five of its campuses, adding that construction will be completed by the beginning of next school year.

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