The district’s safety measures were evaluated by an advisory council that included police officers, community members and CCSD staff. The list of recommendations was released Tuesday, and Superintendent Jesus Jara decided which suggestions the district should implement immediately.
"We would be considered a soft target," ECTC’s Brent Holsclaw told WDRB. "So what we have to do is, we have to prepare ourselves."
The $500 million bond measure, the Secure Our Children’s Future Act, also includes funding for county colleges and improving water systems in K-12 schools.
Each of the new call stations is easily accessible by patrol car, allowing police officers quick access to help those who make the calls. The phones in the new call stations will connect with police dispatch via the internet.
“The Competitive School Safety Grant Program will provide the resources needed by many schools throughout our state to ensure students have a safe learning environment,” said MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.
Plano ISD, just north of Dallas, Texas, is adding security measures to campus.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools plan to make schools safer in the aftermath of mass shootings.
Over 200 schools in New Mexico will receive funding for security upgrades.
The $1 million will be used to increase security infrastructure in Virginia Beach City Public Schools, including more video surveillance in schools, expanded access control for staff, increased external fencing to some campuses and the relocation of security desks to school entrances to allow them to check in visitors to campus.
The grant’s criteria prioritize schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of incidents, schools where a school security audit has identified equipment needs and schools in divisions least able to pay for security upgrades.