(KMOV.com) - A Metro East school district announced Wednesday it is adding a new security feature to its buildings.
Belleville District 118 said a panic button will be installed in its administration building and 11 schools. The button will be located in the school or building's office and, when pressed, sends a silent alarm that alerts police. School officials will also be able to carry a remote button.
The school board appropriated more than $25,000 for the project.
"Any time we're spending money it's putting stress on a budget, but funding for this is coming out of a restricted fund that's targeted specifically for these types of expenditures," Superintendent Matt Klosterman said. "It's money that cannot be used in any other capacity, so we're not taking away from something else we might be providing for students or staff."
The district said the new feature is expected to be installed before school resumes in August.