Lee County School System to increase security measures

Lee County School System to increase security measures
Lee County School System will be making various changes to protect students. (Source: WALB)
The goal is to have one school resource officer at every 6 through 12 school. (Source: WALB)
The goal is to have one school resource officer at every 6 through 12 school. (Source: WALB)
Kevin Dowling, Assistant Superintendent (Source: WALB)
Kevin Dowling, Assistant Superintendent (Source: WALB)

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Lee County School Officials said they have discussed arming teachers, but so far have reached no decisions to take action.

Instead, the board is taking other measures to increase security.

With a $66,000 grant from the State Board of Education, the Lee County School System will be making various changes to protect students. This will include increasing security in entree ways.

There will also be an app for staff that will let them alert officers with a touch of a button if something were to happen.

"It would alert any law enforcement officers that happen to be in that radius of the school and including 911 and emergency services," said Assistant Superintendent Kevin Dowling.

Dowling explained this will cut down on response time significantly.

"This app gives you the chance of having a response time within one or two or three minutes instead of the seven to 10 minutes," said Dowling.

Lee County has also put in its 2019 budget to hire additional school resource officers.

The school system currently has two that share schools and the goal is to have one officer at every six through 12 school.

"Helping those schools so if something bad happens, it will be a quicker response time where somebody who is right there in the building instead of driving to the next campus," explained Dowling.

Officials with Lee County said they will continue training and take a close look at their security plans to make sure all schools have a consistent emergency plan across the board.

Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.