CARTHAGE (WGEM) – Carthage Elementary School District #317 is upgrading its security system. This includes new cameras and key fobs.
Superintendent Dustin Day said the current cameras are simply outdated. He said that between Carthage Middle School and Carthage Primary School, 38 new cameras will be installed next week just before the start of the school year on August 15.
Day said safety was a top priority and upgrades were needed.
“We have to focus on how to protect our children, our staff and everyone else,” Day said. “They [parents and students] trust us with these things and we want to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to keep the children safe and provide them with a quality education during their stay.
Currently, both schools do not have cameras that capture the surrounding area. Day said when he first became superintendent last year, he made an assessment of what needed improvement. A school resource officer is also a topic of discussion at school board meetings.
Amy Shirey, a teacher at Carthage Middle School, is one teacher who said school safety needs to be taken seriously following recent mass shootings across the United States.
Shirey said it was comforting to know the district was making changes.
“It’s definitely something that’s been on the minds of not just the teachers, but also the families in the area,” Shirey said. “Upgrading this technology really shows that our district is committed to the safety and security aspects of our students and staff.”
Security system upgrades cost the district $85,000. Day said it was paid for with tort funds.
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