|Updated: 8/13/2013 5:25 pm
||Published: 8/13/2013 3:54 pm
Jenks students head back to class on Aug. 19, but this year there will be more eyes on their campuses.
There is a monitoring system inside the Jenks campus police office, and it allows officers to monitor every aspect of every building in the district.
The new cameras give sophomore JoshRalston a sense of safety.
"You know that you're not going to be ambushed by anything, and you're not going to have any surprises and you will be safe in class," he said.
He said it's something he's noticed periodically and every once in a while he forgets that they're there.
But he said he is always aware they are watching out for students like him.
The addition of 150 new cameras brings the total number of cameras to around 1,000.
The district told FOX23 if its students do not have a safe learning environment, then they're not going to be successful.
"If we know something it going on at a certain place, we can call that camera up and watch a live feed," said Bonnie Rogers, with Jenks Public Schools.
Jenks not only added 150 security cameras, it's also beefing up its campus police force.
"We have added an additional campus police officer so that we can have more presence during the day," she said.
It's a one-two punch the district is hoping will give parents, teachers and students peace of mind, so that learning in a safe place always comes first.
"If we see somebody that's not supposed to be there or looks suspicious, then we can address that very quickly," she said.
And for students like Josh, feeling safe at school is vital to his education.
"You can just go through your day and not worry about anything," he said.
Each camera costs $2,000 to purchase and install and it's being paid for with bond money.