St. Charles schools looking at multi-million dollar security upgrades

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 7:40 PM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) -- The St. Charles School District is taking immediate action to increase security at all facilities in the district.

Superintendent Jeff Marion tells News 4 the district will be installing buzzer systems for at least 10 buildings, as soon as possible.  The project will cost about $50,000. Marion says it’s a small price to pay for the added security.

A day before the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Charles Brazeale, the director of business and technology, spoke on the status of security within the district at a school board meeting on Thursday night. He outlined $2.5 million worth of improvements the district hopes to make in the next few years, including installing an alarm system on the front door of each building, a card entry system and electronic locks.

Brazeale said the district would also like to install more interior and exterior cameras at various locations around the district, including maintenance and transportation buildings.

The money would come from a bond issue, but Marion says some items cannot wait that long.

He says it was an “eerie feeling” that the board discussed security just hours before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The St. Charles Board of Education on December 10 addressed possibly putting a bond issue on the April, 2014 ballot.

Several board members asked about the chance of getting the issue before voters as soon as spring, but Marion said that might be too hasty.

 

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