J.P. School Board focuses on increasing security at all campuses

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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 9:00 AM

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METAIRIE, La. - School security is at the top of Tuesday's agenda for the Jefferson Parish Public School Board.

It's part of the Comprehensive Safe Schools Initiative that will beef up security at all 80 of their schools.

Changes and upgrades to the current systems include the installation of security cameras, the installation of a buzzer system and the creation of a single entry point on each campus.

At a December meeting, board members approved a $5.4 million plan to install security cameras at each school. A large school could have up to 90 cameras.

"Early this year, we began to assess our facilities in Jefferson Parish, and we recognized some of our camera systems needed to be changed or upgraded. Shortly after that, Sandy Hook incident took place and it raised a priority of safety and secure schools," said Dr. James Meza, the superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public Schools.

Other items to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting include the upgrading of the fencing around all schools and the replacement of locks on all doors.

The security upgrades could cost a total of $7.5 million, Meza said. The money would come from the general fund and the re-issuance of bonds, which will be used to replenish the general fund.

The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at 501 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey.

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