School security scrutinized

Franklin plans to add buzzers and intercoms to school entrances, making the district the latest in the county to better secure its buildings after the shootings in Connecticut last month.

The school district plans to add the devices to the entrances of all five elementary schools this school year and to the three other schools by the end of the summer.

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., administrators from all of Johnson County’s school districts reviewed their security procedures and building safety.

Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson schools added buzzers to school entrances last month. Clark-Pleasant and Center Grove schools announced plans to add buzzers and possibly cameras to school entrances.

The added equipment in Franklin would give school officials control over who enters the building during the day, director of operations Bill Doty said. He is collecting cost estimates and figuring out how the upgrades will be paid for, but he said he wants to have the buzzers installed in elementary schools by the end of the school year.

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