Edgewood ISD, parents develop school safety plan

More officers hired, 300 additional surveillance cameras installed

Author: Stephanie Serna, Reporter, sserna@ksat.com
Published On: Feb 07 2013 09:56:24 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 08 2013 04:29:44 AM CST
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Edgewood Independent School District says it is working with parents to develop a school safety plan.

"Of course, Edgewood is about education," said Rolando Martinez with the Edgewood Independent School District. "But, first and foremost, what's most important is the safety of everyone who comes to our schools, whether it's students, staff, the visitors."

Thursday, Edgewood ISD Superintendent Dr. Jose Cervantes held an open discussion with parents about school security.

He outlined all the improvements in the district's security plans over the past school year, which include hiring more officers and issuing new ID cards for staff and students. Those cards would give students access to buildings and could be scanned to make sure students are in the right class, the right after-school program or in some cases taking the right medication.

The district has also installed 300 additional cameras.

Despite, all the improvements, Dr. Cervantes said he wants to stay ahead of the game.

"We were trying to see what concerns they had because there is always room for improvement," said Cervantes. "We've been pro-active even before the Sandy Hook Incident."

Crystal Jimenez has a daughter in kindergarten. She notices the increased security.

"Their security is good now," said Jimenez. "She feels safe. As long as she feels safe I'm happy."

Lorraine Cantu, another parent, said the district is taking steps in the right direction.

"With the recent events that happened, my son's in first grade so, it really hit home," said Cantu. "I'm thinking, 'Oh. My God. This can happen to my kids, to my family,' and I wanted to make sure that the school district is doing something and they are taking the right steps to make sure my children are safe."

The district went from having 40 surveillance cameras to 340, but Cervantes said what's most important is what students and staff see on their campuses. If they come across something suspicious, or see someone defacing property, they are asked to call the district's Safeline at 210-444-4911.

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