Union City Schools in Tennessee upgrading security
UNION CITY, Tenn. - This fall, security will be tighter at each of the district's three schools. Union City Schools is shelling out $75,000 to make the upgrades. The money comes from the general fund and grant dollars.
Director of Schools Gary Houston says money is not the issue, rather the safety of some 1,500 students.
Houston says the tragedy at Sandy Hook haunted him, "It causes you to really evaluate the procedures we had in place and that's what we did."
The schools will now have video monitoring systems that require each visitor to be buzzed in by a secretary at the front office. That secretary and several others throughout the building will also have panic buttons.
Raphe Whaley, the school resource officer at the middle and high schools says each campus has about 15 cameras, but more cameras are being considered.
"As a school resource officer, it re-commits me to the job almost," he said of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, adding, "We're doing everything in our power to ensure their safety."
Whaley says the schools have already installed locks that allow teachers to secure their rooms. The remaining upgrades will be complete by the time students start school August 12th.