Federal Money Provides West Memphis District with Safer Schools

NOVEMBER 7, 2005 - Posted at 8:07 a.m. CST

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - After two break-ins at West Memphis High School last year, there have been none this year.  The difference?  Cameras scanning the building's hallways and parking lots.  Four schools in the West Memphis School District have taken a $9 million federal grant and turned it into a security system and tutoring program.  Officials say the result is less violence and more learning.

West Memphis police now monitor the hallways and parking lots of three local junior high schools and West Memphis High School thanks to new security cameras at the four schools.

The money for the cameras comes from the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant that the 6,000-student West Memphis School District will receive for the next three years.

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