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.