How a Ga. School District Is Spending $400K on Security

Fayette County Public Schools will use the money to add surveillance systems, bi-directional radio amplifiers and access control systems.

A school district in Fayette County, Georgia, approved a $395,000 investment in improving school security on Feb. 22.

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education say the decision will correct security deficiencies that have been brought up in recent months, according to the citizen.com.

The upgrades include $80,000 for two-way bi-directional radio amplifiers and $315,000 to add surveillance cameras to certain schools in the district. Access control systems were also purchased for some schools.

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School System Coordinator Ted Lombard said law enforcement and emergency services personnel had expressed concerns about the lack of communication capabilities in certain school buildings and said the problem could cause safety issues if not corrected.

Seven schools in the district will receive the radio amplifiers.

Local police had also registered requests to add security cameras around the district.

Although it is not known how many schools will receive additional cameras, it will be up to principals to determine how to utilize the new equipment in each school.

The money for the upgrades came from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues.

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