WATCH: How part of the $5.5 million security budget for MSCS will be spent WATCH: How part of the $5.5 million security budget for MSCS will be spent
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis-Shelby County Schools, in a unanimous vote, approved $5.5 million for school safety measures.
The vote took place during a business meeting on Tuesday.
The money will be earmarked for efforts in the upcoming 2022-23 academic year.
While the district hasn’t released exact details on how the money will be used, FOX13 has learned that the funds will go towards things like security cameras, alarm systems, servers and more. efforts to secure campus buildings.
At least $2.9 million of the budgeted amount would go to the aforementioned efforts.
The move to approve the multi-million dollar sum comes in the wake of an increase in gun violence in the town of Bluff, as well as in response to a September shooting at the Cummings K-8 Optional School that injured a 13-year-old by another student.
“It may seem like a lot of money, but you’re thinking about the safety of the child,” said MSCS Board Chair Althea Green. “We want parents to know that as we resume the school year, when you look at what is happening at other schools and the tragedies, there is no price we can put on as school board members about the safety of our students.”
Green told FOX13 that the district’s first priority is to keep its students safe.
“There is no price to be put on the safety of students at Memphis and Shelby County schools. We’re targeting some schools and then you’ll see us come back with another ticket and we’ll finish the rest, but right now we’re just working in groups. said Green.
As the district welcomes back four Success District Schools to MSCS, officials want to ensure that the safety standards of these schools are equal to those of other educational facilities.
These schools include Frayser Achievement Elementary, Corning Achievement Elementary, Whitney Achievement School, and Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary.
“As we welcome four schools to our DEA, we wanted to make sure these schools have the same security as all other schools in the district, so we make our schools safe,” Green said. “You know that safety is always the district’s priority.”
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