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Pittsylvania County school leaders give green light on more security in schools

By Justin Ward, jward@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 12:55:43 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2013 12:50:46 AM EDT
Pittsylvania County Schools
PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va -

School leaders in Pittsylvania County adopted a school security plan that includes putting more armed officers in schools and locking more doors.

Tuesday night the school board approved nearly $350,000 to fund the changes.

It's the biggest security change in area schools since Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor introduced the plan in January.

New buzz-in systems is costing the county about $90,000, while new key-less entry locks on rear doors for teachers and staff costs nearly $260,000.

The school board also submitted a grant application that will pay for an officer at all four middle schools. A previous grant is paying officers at high schools.

This covers most of Sheriff Taylor's original plan.