Posted: Dec 19, 2012 7:07 PM by Melissa Schroeder - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 20, 2012 10:46 AM
GREGORY-PORTLAND -- On the outside, it looks like a school building.
But, inside Austin Elementary School in Gregory-Portland, there's protection in every corner.
Since the school shooting in Connecticut, things will be even more secure at all campuses in the Gregory-Portland district.
Superintendent Dr. Paul Clore said, "We have a lot of resemblance to that community in Connecticut and we began to think about what do we need to do."
Dr. Clore says nothing is too extreme when it comes to protecting kids.
He even plans to install bulletproof windows.
Right now the windows at the elementary school are storm proof, but that's not enough.
Dr. Clore said, "It wouldn't be resistant to some of the arms used in Connecticut."
Dr. Clore wants to update the visitor policy too.
Each person would show ID and get a background check before coming in.
The reporter asked, "Do you think upgrades to security will ever stop or is it going to be something constant?"
He answered, "Oh no, it will be something that's never ending."
Outside, there's a fence that was built to protect children from stray animals.
Eventually it will be made taller to keep out intruders.
And safety drills will change too.
Dr. Clore said, "If a bad man or bad guy comes in what do you do then?"
Most of the drills protected children from an outside threat.
So, they would stay inside their classrooms.
But, if a gunman enters the school, they want kids to do something different.
Dr. Clore said, "If bad guys come in, and you have a way to run and get away, you run and get away."
Money for these safety changes will come from the general budget and grants.
Dr. Clore says there's no timeline on when everything will get done.
But, he hopes most of the changes will be in place -- at all campuses -- in a couple years.
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