Bucks district beefs up school security

Posted: June 25, 2013

The Council Rock School District is beefing up security in the wake of last year's school shooting in Connecticut, doubling its numbers of security cameras, expanding card access systems, and adding security personnel.

The district's 10 elementary schools and three middle schools will receive most of the roughly $1 million in security improvements, Superintendent Mark Klein said. The school board approved the expenditure last week.

Council Rock's two high schools use the bulk of the district's 100 security cameras, as well as an employee card access system, Klein said. The district will install 150 more cameras in the elementary and middle schools. The cameras will not be placed inside classrooms; instead, they will monitor school entranceways and other areas, including outside the buildings, he said.

"The cameras are as much about issues of vandalism and inappropriate behavior as they are about school safety and child safety," he said.

At present, the district's use of cameras falls in line with much of the nation's. Most high schools - 84 percent - have cameras, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Fewer middle schools - 73 percent - and even fewer elementary schools - 51 percent - have surveillance systems.

Council Rock also is adding two more security personnel and four more counselors to the elementary and middle schools.

Klein said the improvements are the result of three meetings the district held in January with hundreds of parents about school safety. Parents expressed concerns after the December shootings at a Connecticut elementary school in which 20 children were killed, as well as alleged threats made by a Council Rock High School South student in December to "blow up and shoot up" his school.


Contact Ben Finley at 610-313-8118 or bfinley@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @Ben_Finley. Get more Bucks County news at Inquirer.com/bucksinq.

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