Broken Arrow has new school, new security

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Updated: 8/13/2013 1:24 pm Published: 8/13/2013 1:12 pm

Children and parents in Broken Arrow will notice some big changes to the schools when classes start next week.

The doors will open at Creekwood Elementary to students for the first time on Aug. 22.

Broken Arrow is also putting safety at the top of the list. The district is getting rid of just about all of the portable classrooms so all students will be safer under one roof.

The new Creekwood Elementary School, along with all other schools in the district, will have security cameras installed so officials can see inside every classroom.

School officials told FOX23 that a tragedy like what happened in Newtown, Conn., is unpredictable, but these new safety features make it harder for something like that to happen.

After construction is complete the system will start studying how to better keep kids safe during a storm.

"We already shelter interior classrooms, the long hallways, the restrooms, we're doing everything already the experts are telling us to do, but what else, and talking about safe rooms, what schools can do that is economically feasible," said Tara Thompson, the public information officer for Broken Arrow Schools.

FOX23 has learned that Broken Arrow school leaders plan to ask for a bond in 2015 to pay for possible safe rooms and other improvements to keep kids safe.

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