DALLAS –– More cameras, intercoms and peepholes are just some of the new security measures being introduced into Dallas ISD ahead of the school year.
Dallas Independent School District Police Chief Craig Miller detailed the changes on Tuesday morning at the John F. Kennedy Learning Center in East Dallas.
In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. last December, the chief said the district took an enhanced look at its security measures.
Specifically, each of the district's 150 elementary schools will now be outfitted with an intercom and camera to gain entrance during schools hours.
Portable classroom units –– about 1,400 of them –– will have large "eye ports" so teachers and staff can see who is trying to enter. The district is also bringing on 10 more police officers to supplement 135 already in uniform.
"These are things we think are necessary," Miller said.
Middle and high schools will also see some of the changes, though staff stressed there the emphasis would be on monitoring more surveillance cameras as those schools tend to have more entrances and exits.
The additions were possible thanks to an extra allowance of $4.5 million from the district's school board.
Classes start on August 26.