(Dothan, AL)--Since the Newtown tragedy, President Barack Obama has been looking for ways to make schools safer. While states could expect federal funding to help with the President's initiatives, many local schools are already tackling the issue on their own.
Houston County Schools has set aside $100,000 for automatic door locks and $15,000 for new school bus surveillance equipment.
“It’s a changing world and we have to prepare for the unexpected,” Superintendent Tim Pitchford said. “The automatic door locks will operate on a computer system and will be accessible by the front office,” Pitchford said.
Pitchford also said more surveillance cameras will be added to Houston County Schools.
“This was something we realized our school system needed a long time ago and now we’re adding to the security we already have in place,’ Pitchford said.
Pitchford said he hopes new equipment installation will be finished before the fall school term.