Plan to be discussed Tuesday at school board meeting
Public schools in Jefferson Parish may soon have a single point of entry as officials seek to improve their security plan.
The idea will be presented Tuesday to the board of education.
Other proposed security measures include repairing and replacing door locks, installing a camera and buzzer system at the single point of entry in all schools, and repairing and replacing perimeter fencing.
Ensuring that all entryways and locking mechanisms are in working order in schools will cost an estimated $740,600. The installation of camera and buzzer systems and perimeter security fencing on all campuses will cost approximately $456,000 and $413,000, respectively. The total estimated cost of the proposed security measures is $1,609,600.
At its December meeting, the Jefferson Parish school board approved a $5.4 million plan to install security cameras on each campus as an initial project. The school system has already begun work on the installation and expects to complete the project, along the staff training, by January 2015.
Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. says “We are partnering with our local and parish law enforcement, emergency medical services, and parish fire departments to ensure that our schools are safe environments for those who are on our campuses every day.”