WFISD Implements New Security Measures for the New School Year

Preparations for the upcoming school year are well underway and for many Texoma schools that means finding ways to enhance or add security measures.

Some school in the WFISD are around 100 years old.

They were built in a time when open campuses were the norm, but with school safety now a much higher priority, a closed campus is often the first step in security upgrades.

And officials say it takes money to make those changes.

Soon this quiet campus will be flooded with students, but at McNiel Junior High those kids will be using a new entrance.

Before students would enter the school through a door with easy access to their cafeteria and classrooms.

But now they will enter through the southeast door.

There, they will use a check in system, which is still under construction, where a school employee will control who may enter the school,  which officials hope will mean a safer campus.

They say the new entrance will also alleviate traffic problems.

“We needed to get more space in here in order to get more cars in here because it was bottle necking at the end so this allows what we call stacking we can put more cars in here,” said William Horton, WFISD's director of Security. 

This change is just one of the many the security review team recommended when they did walk throughs at all 31 WFISD campuses last spring.

“And this team did a threat assessment at each campus and then we made recommendations of what to do with those recommendations,” said Horton.

The only problem is they need more money to make those changes.

“We did find area of concerns at all of our campuses and we proposed $450 thousand of improvements to the board so it's pending the boards approval at this point,” said Scott Morehouse, WFISD's Executive Director of District Operations.

The $450 thousand were part of the recommendations superintendent Dr. John Frossard made during last week's school board meeting.

But even with that money, school officials say they'll need more funds, the price of keeping their students safer.

School officials say they are looking at a bond issue for the funds to make the school safety improvements.
That election would not come until next spring.

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