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Kraig Hissong, West Liberty-Salem Superintendent, said the current Google map of the buildings still show them under construction. Hissong said with the drone photos they can get an updated bird’s eye view of their buildings that total 180,000 square feet on a 100 acre campus. “There’s a lot of ins and outs of locations and a lot of different doorways. By having the map and being able to highlight those doorways on the map, it would make it quicker for someone to respond or know what part of the building its taking place in,” Hissong said.
Parent Lissa Lee is an outspoken supporter of the district’s security efforts. She said the drone project makes sense, given that some districts have built new buildings and others may have removed buildings, fences or trees. “I think it will give first responders and teachers who have to take the fids to safety a leg up to know what’s going on around them,” Lee said.
The drone program began in June and already several dozen districts around the state have called upon BCI to take overhead photos. Roeser’s flight at West Liberty-Salem schools was the first of what may become many security photo missions in the Miami Valley. Roeser said interested school districts should contact local law enforcement agencies, who will in-turn make the request to BCI.