Ozaukee Co. school considers using bulletproof glass
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PORT WASHINGTON - In this day and age, do elementary schools need bulletproof glass?
A Port Washington school is considering that question.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes spoke with the principal at Lincoln Elementary School, and she says big changes are coming to the school.
She says they've been in the works for quite some time, and it's all about enhancing safety.
Security is already tight at the school.
"We have a number of security plans in place, making sure all of our doors are locked while students are present in the building," said Jane Gennerman, the principal.
A plan to redesign the school's entryway would make security even tighter.
"The front of our building will be bumped out just a little bit. This will be a waiting area."
That waiting room, with an access window for parents, keeps better control of who comes in the school.
However, the controversy lies with whether that window should be laminated glass or be bulletproof?
A city planning commissioner raised that question to the architect two weeks ago.
City administrator Mark Grams told Nick the Sandy Hook situation led civic leaders to bring up the idea.
Right now, the project would cost between $100,000 and $120,000.
The price would go up if schools decided to use bulletproof glass.
No one from the Port Washington-Saukville school district would go on camera, but they told Nick they have no current plans to use bulletproof glass.
Some parents don't agree with the idea.
"I don't know why you'd waste the money on one bulletproof glass window when none of the other windows will be bulletproof."
The school hopes to start construction of the new entryway this summer, and be done by the fall of 2013.