Bill would provide school districts ability to upgrade security measures

(Scottsbluff superintendent Rick Myles)

A bill in the Nebraska legislature that would allow a super-majority vote of a school board to exceed the state levy limit by 1 cent to upgrade security measures has the support of Scottsbluff Superintendent Rick Myles.

The legislation would require that the additional money pay for updated surveillance cameras, more secure entrances or armed resource officers. Myles says passage of L.B. 346, which is currently in committee, would give school districts designated funds to take the necessary measures to keep children safe.

Myles says through discussions by the board and the reconvening of a safety and security task force, the district will begin to secure elementary schools with vestibules that would require an ID. Myles says the district is also accelerating upgrades to their security camera system at all buildings, including installing additional cameras.

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