- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City will install security cameras in its 17 elementary schools and update cameras in middle and high schools.

Officials say the move will help ensure the security of students and staff. On Monday, the school district approved an agreement with Midwest Alarm to set up eight cameras in each elementary school, which technology director Neil Schroeder said the schools currently don’t have.

“We decided we’re going to really cover key points in the buildings,” he said. “Every building has a front door, an office, a lunch room. Those areas we thought were the same level of concern and commonality.”

Leeds Elementary School Principal Mette Malek said the technology adds another level of security for students and school workers.

“Our number one job is to keep the students and staff safe at all times,” she said. “These cameras will help us do that better than we already are.”

The project is expected to cost about $454,000 and be finished by August 2016, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/131e6Hi ) reported. Schroeder said 25 other school district buildings will collectively receive 156 cameras. More than 200 of the devices will be replaced at the district’s middle and high schools.

Alison Benson, the school district’s spokeswoman, said a mock school shooting identified the need for the district to increase surveillance throughout school buildings.

Schroeder also added that the district recognized that it needed to update the technology. He said some cameras were purchased about 14 years ago.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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