Following the December 14 tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut the Dallas Independent School District declined to entertain the possibility of arming classroom teachers like several other Texas districts. As announced Monday, February 11 to area media, they have elected to upgrade their security system, however. Dallas ISD Trustees will be considering a proposal to utilize more than $4 million in bond money for upgrades which will include digital recorders, additional security cameras, card reader systems, and door buzzers. The school board will be briefed on the plan Thursday, January 14 and might be ready to make their decision, approving security upgrades by their monthly meeting later this month.
Security changes for which the $4.5 million, 2008 bond will be proposed to fund will be in place by the fall of 2013. If these safety measures are approved by the Board during their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 28, upgrades would be as follows:
• Elementary Schools would have buzzer systems and cameras installed at entrances
• Secondary Schools would have more security cameras installed
• Portable Buildings would receive one-way observation portals