Idaho district upgrades security at elementary schools

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MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho school district has outfitted three of its elementary schools with security upgrades designed to manage who's allowed in.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported Monday that Pullman Public Schools has added electronic locks, surveillance cameras and an audio system to address visitors at the schools.

The district says all exterior doors to Jefferson, Franklin and Sunnyside elementary schools will be locked once classes begin.

Visitors will be allowed in after they speak with a receptionist.

District director of operations Joe Thornton says the upgrades cost nearly $40,000. The money came from the district's maintenance and operations fund.

Sunnyside Elementary Principal Pam Brantner says the upgrades are not intended to deter visitors but are a necessary layer of protection.

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Information from: The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, http://www.dnews.com


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