In less than two and a half weeks, Bay District Schools will reopen. Thousands of children will head back to the classroom for the new school year. When they do, they will see some changes in security. There will be fences, security cameras and some SRO's.
Security Chief for Bay District Schools, Mike Jones says the amount of security cameras on school campuses have doubled, thanks to a homeland security grant. "We have a full time person in our operations center now. That is all that person does, all day, monitor the security cameras" Jones said.
Bay County middle and high schools will have them, including Merritt Brown, Surfside Middle, Jinks and Everitt will see new systems.
Buses currently have old tv security, so when new buses are ordered, they will include digital video surveillance.
As for School Resource Officers, budget cutbacks have made a dent in the 18 that used to exist. Now Bay District High Schools and Middle Schools will have one each, in some instances, the officers will rotate between schools, for a total of nine.