Jun 10, 2014 9:51 AM by AP
A new security system being installed over the next few months at all DeSoto Parish schools will provide more surveillance on the campuses and the ability to give the sheriff's office immediate visual access during emergencies.
The Times reports the school board approved a $316,511 bid from Homeland Safety Systems to install the system, which in some cases will use existing equipment.
Superintendent Cade Brumley says the district's current security system is handled by five or more different vendors, making it difficult to maintain and operate.
Brumley says having one company in charge creates uniformity and allows for expanded coverage.