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CB Schools Getting Secure Entrances

Central Bucks is moving forward with a plan to secure the entrances to its schools.

In the wake of the massacre at a Connecticut grade school in December, parents, teachers and school administrators across the country turned their thoughts, again, to school security.

In Central Bucks, new superintendent Dr. Rodney Green and school board members reviewed the district's approach to security and decided to make some changes.

Those changes will be discussed at the Central Bucks school board meeting Tuesday night. Among them is a new secure entryway system now being installed at the district's elementary and middle schools.

The new entry system that requires visitors to be buzzed into the buildings was installed at Linden Elementary School in Doylestown Borough during the holiday vacation, according to the report Green plans to present tonight.

This past week, administrators and the school board decided to move ahead and install the same buzzer system at the district's 14 other elementary and 5 middle schools.

That work is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.

The three Central Bucks high schools will be getting their own buzz-in systems, too, but those plans needed more time to complete, Green's report says.

School offices also will be equipped with panic buttons that will automatically call 911 to report an emergency without needing to use the phone. Those are expected to be installed after the buzz-in systems are complete.

Each school's principal has been asked to review his or her building's security procedures. Green's report says a district-level team will convene soon to review those findings.

The school board meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the board room at 16 Welden Dr., Doylestown.

To view the complete agenda for tonight's meeting, click here.

Nancy Letizi January 08, 2013 at 05:38 PM
The buzz-in system may be a deterrent, but from my personal experience using it at the schools that already have it installed it does not stop people from getting into the school. You push the buzzer, someone from the office answers, you tell that individual you are here to pick up your child for a doctor appointment,etc and you are buzzed in. It's that easy. Not much security there. I do like the panic button idea though.
Wilma Fingerdoo January 08, 2013 at 09:20 PM
So, they are going to invest money in a system that was not effective at all for Sandy Hook? Why are we wasting money on fake security? If a mad man wants to get into a school with an assault rifle, he will. That said, it is a very rare possibility and to pay money for such far-fetched scenerios, knowing that it won't even be effective, is quite foolish and reactionary. Strong communities make schools safe.
Mary191 January 09, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Strong communities have mentally ill people.... some times known to school personnel as was the case in Conn. Strong communities have bitter child custody cases, and community members who are known to cause problems.... having a buzz in system is simple and can not hurt. Thank you CB for being proactive.

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