IOWA CITY, Iowa - A significant boost to security is coming to the Iowa City Community School District. On Tuesday the school board approved a safety and security plan that will make improvements to every school building in the district.
The nearly $5 million plan will put an emphasis on increasing communication, both within schools and between schools.
"We have a large school district, 27 buildings, spread from Hills to [North Liberty]," said Superintendent Steve Murley. "We're confident we can communicate corner to corner in the district."
The plan will also improve locks on classroom and school doors, as well as improve security camera systems throughout the district.
"We identified 15 areas in which we could make improvements to safety and security systems," David Dude, ICCSD chief operating officer, said in an email to Murley last week. "These plans would impact every building in the district."
Work to improve security will begin immediately, with some larger projects being put on hold until the summer, Murley said.