Monroe school board backs security tryout


The Monroe Board of Education has authorized spending up to $15,000 for a pilot security program at Arborwood South Elementary.

Security aspects to be studied: access control, video surveillance, and visitor management.

David Payne, director of technology, said equipment will be tested using various hypothetical situations before a decision is made to use the program in all buildings. The pilot program will begin in several weeks and run for several months.

All school buildings have at least one uniformed private security officer at the main entrances when school is in session. This program is meant to be temporary until the district decides on long-term measures.