Posted: Jan 16, 2013 6:15 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 16, 2013 6:36 PM
SINTON - Sinton I.S.D. is ramping up security in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting.
The District plans a number of changes at all of it's campuses to make sure the schools are secure and the students are safe.
"Newtown was a game changer, particularly in Sinton," says District Superintendent Steve Van Matre.
So starting next week, they'll be armed security guards on each campus.
The District has already closed all running tracks to the public during the school day.
And students at Sinton High School can now only be picked up at the front entrance.
One of the biggest changes is a $20,000 biometric fingerprinting system for school buses.
Each time a student gets on a bus, they'll press their finger to an electronic scanner, allowing district officials to keep track of every student who rides the bus.
And now, Sinton Elementary has a buzzer system to check every visitor coming through the doors.
So we tested it.
We walked up to the locked doors and hit the buzzer, and we were only let in after we explained who we were and what we were doing.
The District says it will pay for the changes through money already in the budget.
"These are things that we feel that we can afford and implement immediately to keep our kids safe," Van Matre says.
Most of the changes are already in place.
The fingerprinting system will be up and running early next month.
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