GROVE — Parents and teachers are hosting fundraisers to pay for additional security measures at Grove Public Schools' six campuses.
The funds raised are earmarked to buy cameras and door security systems and to pay for a second school resource officer, Superintendent Sandy Coaly said.
About 2,570 students are enrolled in the school district.
“While there are cameras at the high school campus, we want security cameras at every site,” Coaly said. “The cameras cost $500 each.”
Officials want to place four cameras at the Early Childhood Center and four to six cameras at the Lower Elementary campus.
They also want to buy buzz-in door systems for the high school and middle school campuses, at a cost of $10,000, Coaly said.
The school recently hired a substitute resource officer until the end of the school year at a cost of $150 a day, she said.
The district relies on Grove police officer Tracy Bloss as a school resource officer. The substitute resource officer gives the district two police officers on duty during school hours, she said.
Research since the 1999 Columbine, Colo., school shooting shows the presence of law enforcement officers on campus and patrol lights and sirens are deterrents to possible school shooters, Bloss said during the January school board meeting.
Closer to home, the city's police department was called to the school Jan. 11 after a grade school student threatened to bring a gun aboard a school bus.
The threat was determined to be an off-the-cuff statement. Officials said no children were in harm's way, and no gun was brought to school.
The Grand Lake Family YMCA will host a 5k run/walk March 2. The “Steps for Safe Schools” run starts at the Grove School Administration building, circles the community and finishes at the administration building.
A fundraiser earlier this month at a local restaurant netted $500 from drinks and customers' tips, Coaly said. School administrators cooked, cleaned and accepted tips. Proceeds from the sale of beverages throughout the day were given to the school.