Green Country school upgrades security

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Updated: 4/03/2013 8:31 am Published: 4/02/2013 5:57 pm

A few months ago, Cherokee County Sheriff Deputies made security recommendations to schools within the county.

The department visited all the schools in the county after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting to evaluate each campus.

Woodall Public Schools was the first to finish nearly all the recommendations.

Recently, the school board voted to have 16 new cameras installed and a new entrance system. It will cost the school system $40,000. The money will come from an already tight budget, but administrators say it’s worth it.

"I don't believe one can ever over plan for a situation," said Woodall Public Schools Superintendent Linda Clinkenbeard.

She told FOX23’s Dontaye Carter it's her top priority. She was the assistant superintendent at Fort Gibson public schools when a 13-year-old shot and wounded four students.

"It's just so vital in the overall operation safety of our school. It's something that can't be overlooked. It has to have our attention," she said.

Administrators have re-routed the pick-up and drop-off points at the school.

"It just makes it easier for parents to drop off their kids at the crosswalks," said Director of Operations Jerrod Hood.

He showed FOX23 the security upgrades. All eight buildings and the classrooms are now numbered so authorities can identify the area.

They also replaced six glass doors to keep anyone from looking inside. The glass doors were replaced with brown steel security doors.

"The intruders can see in the glass, see what's going on inside, how many kids are in there," said Hood.

He hopes the new glass doors will deter that. Administrators hope to have the new cameras and new entrance system installed by June.

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Unwashed Mass - 4/3/2013 1:25 PM
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The improvements they describe were all in place at Columbine. This seems to be more theater, at the expense of education spending.

kindagreywolf - 4/3/2013 4:15 AM
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Cameras are NOT security. on 9/11 Security cameras watched the terrorists board the planes. Cameras watched the planes take off. Cameras watched the planes crash into the the twin towers, Cameras watched the planes crash into the pentagon. 2,996 people still lost there lives do to Security cameras.
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