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Hinesville schools undergo security upgrade

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Liberty County School Superintendent Judy Scherer Liberty County School Superintendent Judy Scherer

The Liberty County Board of Education is in the middle of a major security upgrade to its schools and transportation facilities.

At Frank Long Elementary School, one of the staff members was attacked early one morning last month.

While the Liberty County Board of Education has been planning to install video surveillance at the lower schools, the superintendent said the incident just proves the need for preventative measures and possibly video-proof to help aid police in these types of cases.

"It does give people a sense of security, and like I said, it gives us an accurate indication of what happened even with student discipline issues. A lot of times in the high schools, you just say, 'let's look at the video tape'" said Superintendent Judy Scherer.

Hinesville police did pull the surveillance tapes from neighboring Lewis Frasier Middle School, but it was just too dark and too far to identify even a car that the suspect was driving.

The elementary school surveillance cameras were all paid by an education special local-option sales tax.

There are already cameras in the middle schools and high schools. The cost for elementary school cameras and cameras at the bus depots will cost a little more than $216,000.

As another part of continuing to keep students and staff safe, a handful of teachers spend their spring break in a different kind of class.

"Several people from our staff did intruder-live shooter training at Fort Stewart last week, just because of Sandy Hook and the threat of somebody coming into schools and creating that mass destruction. So yeah, we do a lot safety things all the time," Scherer said. 

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