Prentiss County principals get go-ahead for campus security improvements

djournal-prentiss-county-stockBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

BOONEVILLE – Principals in the Prentiss County School District will begin implementing new safety upgrades at their school campuses after board members approved the plan at the December meeting.

Each campus has been allocated $5,000 to begin making security improvements, said Superintendent Randle Downs.

The safety committee toured each campus and met with principals and teachers to hear their concerns, from which they developed a list of possible security enhancements.

Entrances and exits received the most attention in the list of recommendations, Downs said.

Board member Kay Stacy raised the issue in July, saying she had some concerns and wanted the district to take a proactive approach to assure the district is prepared should a crisis occur.

Stacy specifically mentioned that she thought interior doors that are solid wood should have a glass window and secure locks.

Additional suggested improvements on the campuses include handheld radios or better intercom systems, as well as installing or upgrading video surveillance equipment, Downs said.

The average cost of improvements recommended for implementation in the first phase is about $5,000 to $6,000 per campus.

Providing a safe environment for the children is the most important factor, Downs said.

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