Huntsville City School Board to spend $280K on more security

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)  - Huntsville city school campuses will have extra security guards next year.

"We had a study that was done by our security people in conjunction with principals to identify places where added security would be a benefit," said district spokesman Keith Ward.

The district is putting more than $280 thousand toward hiring 15 part-time, unarmed security personnel.

"Their primary duty would be to augment and add security at sites where we have bus service and transfer students," said Ward

Money for the security guards will come out of the district's general fund, and the added security measure is done with the upcoming changes in the district in mind.

"These people would work a shift in the morning and a shift in the afternoon," explained Ward.

They would be extra eyes during peak times when majority-to-minority transfers kick in next year.

Transfers may be dropped off at their home school before getting to another school site, and can be on campus early and not be on their way home until the evening's rush hour.

"It would basically be there to add a level of adult security to make sure our students are safe."