To improve safety, Dublin City School District officials are in the process of adding more cameras to buildings and buses.

The district is spending about $2 million on the project, said Jeff Stark, chief operating officer.

Cameras provide footage to help districts address any issues that have occurred, but they also help mitigate problems, Stark said.

The Dublin school district has about 150 buses, and about 20 percent of the buses already have cameras, Stark said.

District officials said they are trying to update technology to transmit information more easily to building principals and other staff, he said. Because buses are considered school property, the district wants to have the same type of security on buses as in buildings, he said.

While the district has cameras now in all buildings, employees will replace cameras that are no longer functional and add cameras in needed areas, said Tracey Miller, deputy superintendent.

"We do feel this will be a tremendous plus for our district," Miller said.

Although the district is adding cameras to buses and buildings now, Stark said, the process could move more quickly if the levy on the November ballot is approved by voters.

"We can only move as quickly as our funding allows," Stark said.

The district has placed a combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy on the ballot.

If approved, the tax issue would involve a small increase. District property owners would pay $1,834 annually per $100,000 of valuation, said Brian Kern, the district treasurer. Their tax bills now are $1,627 per $100,000, he said.

The funding request would be an annual increase of $207 per $100,000 of valuation because the bond issue and improvements would be "no-new millage" issues.

Additional safety measures include the installation of shatter-proof glass film on all first-floor windows where applicable, Stark said. The goal is to install those before the end of the calendar year.

The film is not bulletproof, but it would slow down an assailant and gives individuals more time to contact emergency services and protect children, Stark said.

District officials are putting out a public bid for the project, and a price hasn't been defined yet, Stark said.

School administrators are not being reactive to recent school shootings but rather are continuing existing security measures, Miller said.

"This is just a continuation of the conversation," he said.

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