MPS Adds Extra Security After Newtown Tragedy
From Montgomery -- The school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has schools across the nation reexamining their security measures including Montgomery Public Schools.
Superintendent Barbara Thompson says about a dozen schools do not have magnetic locks on their outside doors, and while she had plans of changing that, she he says after seeing what happened in Newtown, the work needs to be done immediately.
A tragedy that no school ever wants to encounter. A scene that sent many schools to the drawing board to make sure their safety plans were in place including the Montgomery County School Board.
Board members voted to add magnetic doors like the ones at Vaughn Road Elementary to every school in the district.
The work will cost around $50,000 and will be taken out of operational funds.
A measure that many parents agree is necessary.
Thompson says the schools are continuing to work every day to keep the schools drug and weapon free.
Thompson says right now, there are additional security officers and trained personnel in the schools, but says she didn't know the exact number that they've added.