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Waynesboro Schools Hope to Make Security Improvements

Posted: Updated: Jan 9, 2013 05:33 PM EST

The Waynesboro School Board has found ways to make all of its school buildings safer and more secure. Now it's hoping city council will release the money it takes to make the improvements.

The Waynesboro school division has a total of seven instructional buildings. The superintendent's plan includes new doors, a tighter entrance procedure and additional security cameras. He believes all the work can be done with surplus money from last school year.  

Changes at Waynesboro's four elementary schools and the Wayne Hills Center, for pre-K students, would ensure visitors enter the buildings only through the office. Requirements would include panic-bar doors, re-configured access points, and in some cases, a buzzer entry system. The middle and high schools would get additional security cameras.

The recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has helped push these projects along.

"We got the money one time, and we had to use it for something else. It's just been a line of excuses not to put them in. But I think this has shocked us into, we need to do something. We need to do it now," said Doug Norcross of the Waynesboro School Board.

The school board sent a letter to Waynesboro City Council Wednesday asking for about $82,000 in unspent school money for the security upgrades. Council could take up the request at its meeting next Monday. 

Superintendent Robin Crowder says if the plan gets a green light many of the projects could be finished by the end of this school year, and all completed by the time students return in the fall.

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