DISD votes on increase to elementary school security
Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013 19:02
The Dallas Independent School District is voting on upgrading security at elementary schools Thursday.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut has pushed officials across the nation to question if there is enough security at the local schools.
Craig Miller, Chief of Police for the DISD, created a task force and went out to the 150 elementary schools in the district. He brought forward the proposal to upgrade security to the DISD Board of Trustees.
“What we found was that we have a lot of holes with regards to campuses being vulnerable at the elementary level. Doors weren’t shut and doors weren’t locked,” Miller said.
Miller has asked the Board of Trustees for several million dollars from the districts budget of $1.2 billion.
“We will be taking approximately 4.6 million dollars from the bond program. I don’t think there is any question as to if the board will pass these recommendations of not,” Dan Micciche, board of trustees member from District 3, said.
The security upgrades will include buzzer systems, peep holes, card readers outside of the doors and, most importantly, camera systems.
According to Miller, there are intricate camera systems already in place at middle schools and high schools. The elementary schools have nothing of the sort.
“By the start of next school year, we will have the camera systems placed on campus,” Miller said.
Teachers will not be armed at the schools. Miller said it is the job of the police officer to protect and the job of the teacher to educate.
“The reality is that we have people that are thinking of compromising our students and our staff and so we must have measures in case those things happen,” Jose Munoz, principal at Cesar Chavez Learning Center, said.
The Board will put these proposals to vote on Thursday. If it is passed, the upgrades will begin immediately.