School security dominated the discussion at the recent Arkansas City School Board meeing. Locks inside the high school was one topic. Superintendent Ron Ballard… according to the local paper, voiced his concerns after a recent review of the building showed that while exterior entrances have strong security measures, including a video surveillance system, protection for areas within the building are not so good. Ballard says the hardware inside the building is weak, and many of the classrooms still have the original key systems. New security systems… according to Ballard… are now available which allow an entire facility to be locked down in seconds by the push of just one button. Now, the district is going through schools… building by building… to evaluate each system and determine the best course of action. But the fix is not going to come without a cost… possibly $50,000 or more. Some federal dollars may be available.

Source: VNC News