School district stepping up security

Published 05/29 2013 04:50PM

Updated 05/29 2013 06:17PM

CHARLESTON -- A Coles County school district plans to add nearly $200,000 worth of security improvements. The changes stemmed from December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Each school will get a few changes to make them a little safer. Some schools will just see small additions, while others will have entrances completely redone.

Carl Sandburg Elementary currently just has a blue divider to encourage people to stop and check in at the office. Architects made plans to add a new wall, blocking people from walking inside without permission.

School leaders say the measures don't guarantee student safety, but it could definitely help. Schools will also get upgrades to security cameras, buzz-in systems and door locks. They'll also add panic buttons for secretaries. There is already one installed at the high school. 

The superintendent says most of the work will be done this summer and finished by early fall. Another feature being added is a new system to let the superintendent make announcements to all buildings in the district at the same time in case of emergency or other district-wide situation.

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