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Charles City School District Works to Improve Building Security

The Charles City School District continues to look at ways to improve security at all of its schools.

Within the last two months, concerns have been expressed to the School Board about outside doors to classrooms being propped open, thus increasing the vulnerability of students and staff to intruders.

During a Crisis Response and Life Safety update to the Board, Communications Director Justin DeVore said they’ve made efforts to address the situation.

Director of Operations Jerry Mitchell told the Board they’re also looking to upgrade the security of entrances to Lincoln and Washington elementaries as well as the High School, where visitors are buzzed in, but after that…..

Mitchell says they have applied for grants to help fund those improvements and, while they have regular safety inspections, they’re targeting January for a vulnerability assessment.

DeVore also noted that several officials, including the Charles City Police Department, stress that “if you can control access to the campus through the correct doors, you will be much, much safer.”

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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