Grant offers district added school security
by Paisley Boston
Oct 23, 2013 | 2308 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Bolivar School District plans to use a Community Oriented Policing Services grant to beef up security at Brooks Elementary.

The school district recently received a $10,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice to aid with school safety.

This grant program is designed to expand the time available for community policing by current law enforcement officers through the funding of technology, equipment, and support personnel.

According to Superintendent Jesse King, a security guard will be placed at Brooks Elementary School, and he or she will be in compliance with school regulations and safety procedures.

Violence, such as the high profile school shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, has caused concern within school communities.

Adults and students struggle to understand why these events happen and, more importantly, how they can be prevented.

King plans to can provide leadership in reassuring students, staff, and parents that the North Bolivar County School District is a very safe place for children by reiterating safety measures that are already in place.

"We believe that proactive measures really need to be considered prior to reactive measures. Fortunately, we have not had a situation that has occurred within our schools and we want to keep it that way. We are taking proactive measures to make our parent, staff and our students feel safe," said King.

The North Bolivar School District is comprised of Brooks Elementary, Broad Street High School and Shelby Middle School.

According to King, the district currently has a remote technology surveillance system at all of the schools where school officials watch not only from the central office, but also at security checkpoint offices.

"The exterior and interior hallways are already in tact so we are going to add the human resource which will be coupled with technology resources that we already have for school safety and security," he added.

COPS Secure grants provide funding to state, local, or tribal governments working in partnership with public schools to improve school safety.

Successful programs are based on a comprehensive safety assessment that identifies the individual needs of the schools and law enforcement agencies receiving funding will collaborate with school administrators, teachers, students, and parents to implement solutions to school safety challenges.

"Our district has two schools in the town of Shelby and one school in the town of Duncan. We plan to bring greater security and bring proactive measures for both towns. We anticipate on putting the use of that grant in the Duncan community.

"We anticipate bringing more security to the district as a result of the grant being awarded," said King. "Our school district is highly thankful for this grant and we plan to continue to assure that that our students are safe."