City Council Approves More Than $80,000 for Waynesboro School Security

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

WAYNESBORO - The Waynesboro City Council just approved more than $80,000 to update school security Monday night.

Council members said this is important after the recent tragedies around the country.

Superintendent of Waynesboro Schools, Robin Crowder, said he appreciates the support from the city to keep kids safe.

"The day after the event happened in Connecticut, there was just a sadness in our schools,” Crowder said. “Teachers were just, they were hurt."

Crowder said the teachers were hurt because they no longer felt comfortable in a place that is supposed to be safe.

City Council members said making security updates in the city's schools is the right thing to do.

"I think all you have to do is look at what's happened in this nation, starting with Columbine and coming through Sandy Hook,” Waynesboro city councilman Mike Harris said. “While we'd like to think it's a remote possibility, I'm sure those places thought that it was remote that it would happen there too."

Crowder said this money will go towards making school entrances more secure.

"I don't think that will really stop someone who wants to get into a building, but we think we can deter,” Crowder said. “In our elementary schools and our Pre-K programs, we're going to have a single entrance, so that folks have to come through the main office before they come into the school."

Crowder said security cameras would also be added to some of the schools.

"We do drills all the time, but this will be a little bit different,” Crowder said. “This will be a little bit more inconvenient for parents who come to visit their children, but i think in the long run they'll think their kids are more safe."

Crowder said the money is from what the school board saved last year, and he's glad the city council voted to give it back to schools. He says these upgrades should start this spring.


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