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Safety and Security Upgrades A Huge Part Of WFISD Bond
While the construction of a new high school is a huge part of the Wichita Falls Independent School District's bond,. money would also go toward safety and security upgrades.
Scott Morehouse, Executive Director of WFISD Operations, says making sure students are safe while at school is their main priority and say this bond will help them achieve that.
He says $4 million would go to making sure every student is safe at school.
"It's always important. With today's environment, the things that have gone on, it's paramount," Morehouse says.
He says, "The safety and security enhancements that we are looking at for the bond would happen at every campus throughout the Wichita Falls ISD."
Morehouse says having an eagle eye on what happens on any campus, inside and out, is what parents consider to be a top priority.
"We've talked to many parents, even with CFAT has come across with is video surveillance is very important," Morehouse says.
Also, he says parents would see tighter security at school entrances along with additional fencing, signage, mass alert systems that would alert personnel within the school, district personnel and local law enforcement of an emergency.
These are the kinds of security upgrades happening more and more in school districts across the country.
The kind that could help swing WFISD voters toward the side of "bond and build".
In addition to the safety and security upgrades, $12 million of the bond would go to renovating and expanding junior high facilities.