Cherokee County begins school safety evaluation

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Updated: 1/18/2013 10:54 am Published: 1/17/2013 6:05 pm

Two days ago, FOX23 learned that for the first time all the school districts in Cherokee County were coming together to come up with a county-wide school safety plan.

Woodall School students enjoy recess without any fears.  

Cherokee county law enforcement and school administrators are working to keep it that way.

"There will be three cameras on each of these doors," said Woodall Schools Director of Operations, Jerrod Hood.

He is among the school administrators working to build a county-wide school safety plan. They began evaluating the schools Thursday morning, starting with Woodall Schools.

"Schools need to do whatever they can possibly, financially, to secure the safety of the students," Hood told FOX23.

Authorities say they can't get into the details of the plan. Hood says they'll start by adding 12 to 15 new cameras, installing chain link fencing and making just one entrance to the school.

"It makes me feel confident in our school administration to know that's a priority for them," said Melinda Cookson, a mother of 3.

Her youngest child attends Woodall.

"When you look back how things worked when you were a kid,” said Cookson, “I think it is shocking and sad."

Hood says he expects the changes to cost anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000.
"Hopefully federal money and if not we're just going to take the money out of our main fund and pay for what we can," he said.

Authorities say they're working on a new response plan to have in case a gunman gets on campus.

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