Dallas School District Spending $4.5M on Security Upgrades

More security cameras to be deployed
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A school district in Dallas is spending $4.5 million to upgrade the district’s security systems at its facilities, including adding security cameras at secondary campuses and eight-camera digital recorder systems at the schools.
On Feb. 28, 2013 the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees approved allocating the funds, which are from a 2008 bond, to upgrade the security systems at district schools. Some of the improvements will be implemented immediately while all upgrades will be initiated by the start of the 2013-2014 school year, according to school officials.
“The additional security measures will be a great benefit to every student and every employee working at our schools,” said Dallas ISD Board President Lew Blackburn. “When students walk into our schools, we want them to feel safe, and we want parents and community members to know that we are doing everything possible to make our campuses secure. This is the right thing to do.”
In addition to the extra cameras, the security upgrades include electronic door-strike buzzers, card-reader systems at all elementary campuses and observation portals in all of the district’s portable building.
“The board should be commended for their actions,” said Superintendent of Schools Mike Miles. “Student and staff safety is always our top priority, and this decision supports our efforts to establish and maintain a positive learning environment,” he said.