While private schools are certainly taking the lead on school security, schools of all kinds are recognizing the importance of new security system. Even when the budget isn’t necessarily there, some schools are still considering new security solutions to ensure that students stay safe. From video cameras to new buzzer and access control systems, schools are growing increasingly aware.
In Louisiana, The Jefferson Parish School Board recently decided to increase their security budget. While the board had already spent millions of dollars on additional school security, they now believe that a technology assessment and a security upgrade would be helpful as well.
While several board members disapproved the budget proposal, the final decision was based upon their needs. With new locks and buzzer systems coming in to the district, and additional repairs that needed to be made, the board realized that the issue was of great importance. According to NOLA, the decision to invest in security and technology upgrades was unanimous.
Equally, private schools in Tennessee are also recognizing the importance. With more and more school violence and tragedy in the news, private schools are making sure that they had the proper tools to help them avoid certain situations.
According to WATE-TV, the superintendent for Knox County schools wants to add in new security cameras, buzzer systems, keyless entry cards and even new security officers. Apparently, their schools have changed so much that classroom doors no longer stay unlocked.
Their transition to heightened security hasn’t been easy. In fact, people often complain about the new access control systems. However, students, faculty and staff recognize that it will be a process, and they are grateful for the security solutions that they have. Dean of Students, Vandy Kemp said that even on a small campus, they feel the need to stay vigilant.