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The Lake News Online
  • Schools receive security upgrades

  • Parents of Eldon elementary and middle school students will have to go through extra security measures to get into their child's school building during the day starting this year. A new access control system will be ready to go when school starts for the South School, Upper Elementary and Eldon Middle School.
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  • Parents of Eldon elementary and middle school students will have to go through extra security measures to get into their child's school building during the day starting this year. A new access control system will be ready to go when school starts for the South School, Upper Elementary and Eldon Middle School.
    Doors will remain unlocked before school begins. A staff member will monitor the door during that time. At 8 a.m., when school officially begins, the doors will be magnetically locked. To get in the building, visitors will have to push a button that acts much like a door bell. The secretary will notice and will have video of the visitor. The person will be required to state their name and reason for visiting. If the staff is satisfied with those answers, they will unlock the doors and allow the visitor in. If the secretary is concerned at all, an administrator will be sent to the door to meet the person.
    Superintendent Matt Davis hopes this new security measure will diffuse any future issues. Davis knows that if an intruder does come that the additional security cannot keep them out completely, but hopes it will diffuse a dangerous situation.
    "This will slow them down, which will hopefully allow students to get out of the area," Davis said.
    The door will again be open when school is officially let out at each building since Eldon school district's policy is for parents to come inside to pick up children and check them out.
    Davis said he has received positive feedback since announcing the new security measures.
    "Most think its great, just another way to keep their kids safe," he said. "Any safety measure we do is a benefit to the school and community."
    Eldon is not the only lake area district that is making security upgrades a priority. The Camdenton R-III District is also adding secured access points to two buildings on the main campus.
    Finishing touches are currently being put on new secured access points in Dogwood Elementary and Camdenton Middle School. The access points will be locked during regular school hours. Much like at the Eldon buildings, visitors will be required to buzz the main office and answer questions in order to get in. They then will only be allowed into the main office before entering the rest of the building.
    The security upgrades were made possible when the latest bond issue passed for the district.
    "We've had this need for a couple of years. The bond issue provide a perfect opportunity to have some funds to be able to do that with," Superintendent Tim Hadfield said. "We want our parents and patrons to know that security is a priority in our school district. When we have a chance to make some improvements, we need to take that opportunity."
    Page 2 of 2 - The Camdenton District hopes to finish two more security upgrades at Hawthorne and Oak Ridge during the upcoming school year.
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