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Keota Schools make plans to improve security

GTNS photo by David Hotle



The Keota School Board approved seeking a grant for additional security cameras for the school campus during Thursday’s regular meeting.
GTNS photo by David Hotle The Keota School Board approved seeking a grant for additional security cameras for the school campus during Thursday’s regular meeting.

KEOTA — The Keota School Board Thursday approved a grant application to help make the schools and the students just a little bit safer.

During its regular meeting, the board approved a grant request to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation to install security cameras to the high school parking lot, elementary playground and in the weight room. Superintendent Jim Henrich explained these sites are being considered for cameras because they are highly trafficked areas. He said the playground is open and he hopes the addition of the cameras will improve the safety of the areas. About five bus cameras are also included in the grant application.

“I got here two years ago and there wasn’t a lot of security,” Henrich said. “The doors were open all day. We are just trying to add to it.”

He said the additional cameras would complete his security plan and provide scrutiny to the areas he hopes to cover.

During its December 2018 meeting, the board approved the purchase of four surveillance cameras to monitor the entrances and bus pickup areas of the school. Henrich said statistically most domestic abductions occur outside of schools. The system records the parking lots and stores the recordings for about two weeks. The system is expandable to add the additional cameras to the system.

Later in the meeting the board set its budget hearing for 6 p.m. April 11 during its regular meeting. While the budget has not been completed, the hearing needs to be held during that meeting so it can meet the deadline of April 15 to be to the county auditor.