Rockwood Schools spend big money to tighten security

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 10:37 AM

EUREKA, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The Rockwood School District is spending more than $250,000 to tighten security at its schools, installing security cameras, adding school resource officers and even paying for police cars to sit in parking lots.

District officials plan to staff elementary schools with resource officers, but reserve money is expected to fall short. Now, school officials are asking parents to vote "Yes" on Proposition S, a $38 million bond issue that would allow the district to spend even more on security.

"We're going to hire some more hall monitors at secondary schools," said Kim Cranston, Rockwood District spokesperson. "We're going to be able to lease some more cars from police to have at elementary schools."

The district currently has about 700 cameras installed in area schools, and an automatic intruder alert that sounds if an unauthorized person enters a building. However, Cranston says current staff and security features would not be enough to stop a determined gunman.

Rhonda Costa, parent of student in the Rockwood District said, "You know we have our staff there, we have our principals...but really, if somebody came in with a gun, what could we really do to stop them?"

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