Anderson School District 1 to increase security at 14 schools

Security camera at Palmetto High School.

More cameras will soon be zoomed in on kids in Anderson District 1 schools. Starting next week, the district is beefing up security.

School campuses in Anderson District 1, like Palmetto High, have visible security cameras everywhere as well as access control doors that are only opened by school staff.

Assistant Superintendent Robbie Binnicker announced Tuesday that security updates will be made to the district's 14 schools. Binnicker said the schools already have 700 cameras, as well as 50 to 60 access control doors.

"As those cameras get old, we need to update those cameras and then there's always new additional places where we need to add cameras," Binnicker said.

Currently to get into schools in District 1, you have to press a button at the front door which pages the front office. Staff will ask you who you are and why you're there, watch you from a security camera, and then they'll buzz visitors through the front door.

"For students that are in the school, it's a deterrent knowing there are cameras all over the building," Binnicker said.

He said the cameras can be watched anywhere with internet access. District 1 will be adding 80 new cameras and 25 access control doors throughout the district.

"Our parents, our community are very supportive of the safety measures that we've implemented in Anderson one and we feel very good about what we have in place at this time," he said.

The price tag for all of the changes is $237,000.

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