School District Leaders Work to Improve Safety

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- The county's district is working hard to make school's safe. Upgrades to three elementary schools could keep students safe in an emergency.

The county's improving safety on schools at Verona, Riverheads and Cassell Elementary Schools. They're making changes to pods, or separate buildings with multiple classrooms inside.

Changes include adding doorbells, adding signs and using walkie-talkies. The changes go into effect as soon as possible.

The district's superintendent said safety has always been a priority for schools, especially since the shootings in Newtown, Conn.

“Certainly, our senses get heightened a bit, or, actually, a lot when something like that happens. It makes you go back and look at what you're doing to make sure we're providing the safest environment possible for our students and staff,” said Augusta County Schools Superintendent Chuck Bishop.

Deputies with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office also made recommendations to the district in an effort to keep schools safe.

The Augusta County School Board is meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. A hot topic on the agenda is employee cuts. It could be the first time in more than seven years for the district.

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