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Charter schools will spend $1 million to bolster security in Cape Coral

Posted at 7:00 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 19:00:02-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The City of Cape Coral's Police Department has performed a detailed evaluation of the security needs for each of the City's four Charter Schools.

The Charter School Authority wanted to inform the Mayor and Council on Monday about the proposed measures and the cost of the plan.

The estimated costs for improvements and Student Resource Officers (SRO) will add up to over a $1 million.

"I think it's money well spent for the safety of the children," Jackie Shaffer told 4 In Your Corner while she waited to pick up her grandchild from Oasis High School.

Cape Coral PD recommended their changes. The specifics and areas of focus can't be shared. Cape PD looked at everything even the bushes.

"What we really want is for the parents who are bringing their kids to these schools to feel safe," Lt. Dana Coston said. "It's going to go a long way to prevent incursions on campus who don't belong there," he added.

Charter schools will spend an estimate of $581,934 on four SROs. The organization also plans to spend about $63,200 on a security guard.

"It's a visible billboard that is parked right in front of the school," Lt. Coston said. "It is the biggest message we can send," he added.

There isn't a definitive date when all these changes will be implemented. The Charter School Authority will present an agreement between the City of Cape Coral and themselves for the roles and the expectation of the monies that will be transferred.

Shaffer is excited for these changes.

"I think the sooner the better. It's one less thing for kids to worry about," Shaffer said.