Jackson Schools are utilizing the 16 million dollar bond issue approved last year; the board accepted a bid for preliminary groundwork and utilities for a new elementary school, which will begin immediately on 15 acres already owned by the school district on North Lacey Street. Improvements to security can also be seen around the district, chief financial officer Wade Bartels tells KZIM-KSIM. Bartels says safety is the number one priority for the district, and school visitors press a button that alerts a school employee inside who can then see the visitor through a camera and decide whether or not to allow them access to the building. Cape Girardeau Public Schools have also instituted similar security measures across the district, as a result of their 40-million dollar bond election in 2010.
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