Great Bend elementary schools getting security upgrade

GREAT BEND, Kansas – Four elementary schools in Great Bend will be getting new front door security systems over winter break. Riley Elementary school already has the system in.

JoAnn Blevins is the principal for Riley Elementary. She says that the system has given her staff and parents peace of mind.

“Because we have that extra level of security that we know that all of our doors are locked during the school day and we have the ability to control who’s coming in.”

All the doors remain locked in the school. To get in the front door, you have to press a button and talk to someone in the front office. The security system is wired with high definition cameras that give a clear view of the front door.

Parents like Amanda Gaddis say that she adjusted easily to the change.

“I think it’s awesome that we have to push the button to be let in now, I feel more safe that my kids are here knowing that they have to let somebody into the building.”

It will cost almost  $7,000 to outfit the other four elementary schools with the security system. The money will come out of the school districts general fund.

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