Principal writes letters to raise money for school security

Principal writes letters to students, parents to raise money for school security

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"We have needed cameras in schools for a long time. We've not had any, the surrounding schools do. After the tragedy in Connecticut, we've really felt the need to get some in place," Principal Melanie Maples said. "We have needed cameras in schools for a long time. We've not had any, the surrounding schools do. After the tragedy in Connecticut, we've really felt the need to get some in place," Principal Melanie Maples said.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - The principal of a Union County middle school is taking action to raise money to upgrade school security.

In light of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, administrators wanted to make upgrades, but the board of education said there simply wasn't enough money.

Horace Maynard Middle School Principal Melanie Maples is using a personal touch to raise money for school security.

Maples wrote a letter to her parents, students and staff asking for a $10 donation to raise $7,000 to pay for security equipment the school has purchased.

"We have needed cameras in schools for a long time. We've not had any, the surrounding schools do. After the tragedy in Connecticut, we've really felt the need to get some in place," Maples said.  

The letters were sent out on Feb. 15, and since then, the school has raised $3,600, which is more than halfway to the goal.  

Currently, there are 19 cameras are up and running inside the school, along with newly installed locks, and a buzzer intercom system.

Parents of the school say they were onboard with the request.

"I'm approving of it. It's a great idea," said Autumn Walsh, parent of a Horace Middle student.  

"You have to get the money from somewhere," said Amy Collier, parent of a Horace Middle student.

Union County Schools are collaborating with the sheriff's office and 911 centers to upgrade security features at all of its schools.

Dr. Jimmy Carter, a supervisor at Union County Schools, says this year the board can't afford to pay for security upgrades at Horace Maynard.

Parents in Union County know money is tight.

"We just don't have those kinds of funds coming in for the schools system. Our teachers aren't getting paid anything, I doubt anybody else in the school is getting anything," said Walsh.

The school has held other fundraisers to help reach the $7,000 goal by the end of the year.

Last week, students raised around $1,000 by selling ice cream floats.

Union County Superintendent Wayne Goforth says he supports the idea of the school raising money for the security upgrades.

The school system does plan to ask county commission for more money for security.

Dr. Jimmy Carter estimates it would cost $50,000 to optimally upgrade security at all county schools.

Currently, the school system doesn't have a school resource officer in every school.

There are four throughout the system - two at Union County High School, one at the Middle School, and one rotating between the county's elementary schools.

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