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Centralia City School District Implementing Security Measures at District Schools

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The Centralia City School District is finishing implementing some of the new security measures that will begin to take place.  Superintendent Dave Rademacher made the announcement Tuesday evening that Buzz-In and Card Reader System has been installed in all schools, with the exception of Centralia Junior High School where the system is currently being installed.  

Superintendent Rademacher says it's something that has needed to be done for a long time, and says that they are continuing to look at improving security at their school buildings to improve the safety of their students and staff.  "We're continuing to look at people gaining access to the buildings.  There's the possibility that in the future that we might add some other access points, not necessarily for the parents, but for the staff so they will be able to get in and out of the building.  We're continuing to look at our classroom door situation and seeing ways to improve that.  We'll continue to improve policies and procedures when looking at different crisis that might arise", said Rademacher.  

The new system allows staff to enter the building using their key card.  Visitors will be required to buzz-in to the office before being allowed to enter the building.  Security Alarms of Salem is installing the system.  The district paid $27,000 for the new system.  The new security improvements come in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut in December.    

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