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Central schools looking to improve security

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POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013 - 5:29pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 28, 2013 - 5:59pm

Central Community schools Superintendent Michael Faulk is taking a closer look at security in all five of the school corporation’s buildings, and he said he’s already found lapses in safety.

"We're looking at the area where there's some weaknesses. The high school itself is such a large facility with so many entry points that we're looking to see what can we do to better ensure limited access," Faulk explained.

The intermediate and middle schools, both recently built, have the latest security technology. With locked doors and key card access only, Central Intermediate principal Rhonda Taylor said she and the students feel safer than ever.

"The people who do not have a card, can not gain access to our building. The only way that they can come in is through the front door. So we know everyone coming in and going out,” Taylor added.

It's those type of security measures Faulk would like implemented in every central school, along with more resource officers and security cameras. Faulk said implementing the latest security measures will of course take money, and possibly re-arranging the budget a little, but it's something he's willing to do.

"We're not going to prevent every situation. What we want to do is make our campuses as secure as we possibly can. And protect our children and our employees," Faulk added.

Faulk told NBC33 News he plans to put forth some of his suggestions at Monday night’s school board meeting. Superintendent Faulk said there is also the possibility the school corporation will be able to use grants from Homeland Security for some of the security upgrades.
 

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