Local school system improves security to start new year

Local school uses newest technology for keeping students safe

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C.— It's a sign of the times.

Schools, like the new Harrisburg Elementary in Lancaster County, are equipped with state of the art security systems, that monitor where students are at every moment, and can be viewed from computers throughout the building.

"We can know who is in our building and we have the technology to help us manage who is in the building no matter where we are at," said Harrisburg Elementary School Principal Steven Puckett.

Harrisburg Elementary has 36 cameras throughout the building and soon will have 13 smart T.V.'s. The security system allows several people to monitor the school from their computers, including administrators from the district office. The cameras are in the halls, the cafeteria, front office and throughout the building. When the cameras detect movement, they begin recording.

Parent Nicki Letterman works in the front office at Harrisburg Elementary and has two children at the new school.

"It makes me feel great that no one can walk through the hall and into the classroom," she said. "They're here to learn and to have fun and not worry. They don't worry. We don't worry and it makes for a good day for everyone," said Letterman.

Forty five Charlotte Mecklenburg schools have a similar security system to the one at Harrisburg Elementary School, according to a company spokesperson. More CMS schools are scheduled to get the system throughout the coming year.


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