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Kennewick Schools Install New Security Camera Systems

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Kennewick School District is upgrading safety measures at schools this year by adding some security camera systems.

Administrators say safety comes first and Wednesday workers installed some of the new security technology.

The new security cameras will increase visibility and response times if a threat happens. The new system can lock down a school will just the click of a button.

Workers installed security cameras Wednesday at Amistad and Edison elementary schools.

The cameras are placed around the perimeter of the building and monitored inside the school and at the district administration building.

The increased security will give administrators an extra tool to ensure safety so they can focus on education.

"We can make sure the staff and students are safe. We want people to feel comfortable when they come into the building and they can concentrate on what they're doing and not have to worry about unforeseen situations," said Ron Cone, Kennewick School District Information Technology Department.

Workers will complete the installations by the end of the month before school starts.

Next, every middle school and high school will get systems.

They expect to finish the installations at all the schools by the beginning of the 2014 school year.