Increased security starts at Greater Clark Co. Schools

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 1:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- Monday is the first day back from winter break for Greater Clark County School students and big security changes have been made district wide in light of December’s school shooting in Connecticut.

“I think it is really great,” Christy Goodman, who has three kids in the school district, said. “You got to take the safety of the kids first.”

The district spent $19,000 to install 16 new buzzer systems in schools over the break. Now, an office personnel can see who is at the door before they buzz them inside. Prior to the break, front doors were unlocked at most schools.

But with the new security measures, some kids also had to get buzzed in when coming school in the morning.  Many of the students were unaware of the changes.

“[There are] little kinks to work out getting the kids in the door in the morning with the door being locked,” Jennifer Korfhage principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School said. “But we will get through it and it will be great for the kids. It is just for them to feel safer.”

Also, all classroom doors will be locked from the outside during school hours.

“You cannot just take a chance of letting anybody walk in the schools and walk out with a child,” Goodman said. “It could be anybody's child and somebody could lose them really fast.”
 

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