MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison City School leaders are ramping up security throughout the district. Their latest efforts will ensure the only people inside the school are those who are supposed to be there.
Enforced security doors are being installed in 8 of the 11 district schools. Director of Student Services, Dennis James, says they are implementing the 32 school safety recommendations submitted by the Safe Schools Task Force.
Three of Madison City Schools already have the system in place. The doors are locked from the outside, and the only way to get through is to have a school official buzz you in.
"We certainly want our schools to be open and welcoming to visitors and parents, and people who have legitimate business, and they can do that with these doors. But there's just another barrier between where our students are and where our visitors will be," said James.
The system costs around $250,000, but school leaders say it's well worth it for the safety of the students and personnel.
It's one more step in long list of safety measures the district has been working to implement, including text-to-protect, and increasing the presence of school resource officers. This summer they plan to upgrade the school's camera system.
District leaders assure us that in case of an emergency, first responders like police and fire rescue will have a way to get past the doors, even if nobody is able to buzz them in.