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Before Florida shooting, local school district was making security upgrades

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Security upgrades made at Windsor Middle School. Credit: KMOV Security upgrades made at Windsor Middle School. Credit: KMOV
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Construction's underway at Windsor Middle School in Imperial to make the entrance more secure. It was planned long before the school shooting in Florida. Last year voters overwhelmingly approved a $14.75 million bond issue, which included new and more secure entrances to all five school buildings.

Superintendent, Dr. Joel Holland told News 4, "It gives us more control, There's nothing full proof but it's definitely going to help heighten security here."

Heather Dohack is the mother of a sophomore student at Windsor High School and supported the bond issue but said, after the Florida shooting she's even more convinced it's money well spent.

"So I appreciate that, as a parent, that as a parent I know my school district is taking those steps," said Dohak.

The district has security cameras in all its buildings which can be accessed online by deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. In the event of an emergency, that would allow officers to see what's happening inside the school even before they arrive.

Also, teachers and staff go through active shooter training once a year

Holland said he and the district's director of security are always exploring ways to improve security because even a small school district in Jefferson County has to be prepared for the worst.

"All of us in education need to start having some hard conversations. And not think this will never happen to us because this is happening with way too much regularity," said Holland.


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