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Putnam City Schools Beefing Up On Security
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has many parents like Lenita Broome
“Its very nerve racking as a parent,” said Broome.
While Lenita is confident sending her kids to Arbor Grove Elementary she
does worry about one thing, the constant flow of people coming and going at the
“The way the parents come in and everything like that. You just never
know people and their habits.”
A worry Putnam City Schools is working to alleviate.
“If it's a person who's not known and there seems to be no reason to let
that person in...they won’t buzz them in,” said
Steve Lindley is with Putnam City Schools.
Lindley said the district is installing electronic locks and video
surveillance at the entrance of all 27 schools in the district.
Right now people can walk through the doors to the main office but with
the new system they will have to stop push a button, talk to the school
secretary and be buzzed in to get access to the building. Installation has
started in 22 schools
“We've already pulled the wire now we just have to add the hardware.
That hardware has been ordered and should be here soon.”
But the other 5 PC schools currently do not have front lobbies
“Sometimes that requires quite a bit of construction. That price tag
varies it could be half a million dollars depending on the school.”
A price Lindley says is worth it.
“If there are things we can do to make schools safer and we can afford
them that’s what we need to do.”
Giving parents like Lenita a sense of security leaving her kids at
It makes me feel better to know they’re trying and our school is looking
to improve at all times.”
And knowing every time the door closes school officials know who is on
the other side.
Posted: Monday, January 28 2013, 10:54 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado hits OKC suburb, kicking up debris
May 19, 2013 22:29 GMT
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) -- A tornado kicked up debris in an Oklahoma City suburb and threatened a number of tourist attractions on historic Route 66 before growing into a larger storm that rolled across rural parts of central Oklahoma.
Television footage Sunday showed a tornado at Edmond . The storm threatened a novelty soda-pop store and a historic barn in the small town of Arcadia, then grew into a larger storm as it moved northeastward a few miles north of the Turner Turnpike between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
The Storm Prediction Center had forecast a moderate risk of severe weather in Oklahoma and adjacent portions of Kansas and Missouri.
TV video also showed power flashes from transformers blowing out as they were hit by high winds or debris.
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