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Schools wrap up work on new security measures

Schools wrap up work on new security measures

By Associated Press. CREATED Aug 23, 2013

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- As the new school year approaches, some Wisconsin school districts are finishing work on adding new levels of security.

The La Crosse School District is spending the waning days of summer installing the last parts of new security system that includes a card access control system, surveillance cameras and a video intercom system.

"We hope that the kids really don't even realize we have those systems in place, we want them to focus on their education," said grounds manager Jason Showen.

The surveillance cameras have been installed at the entrance and other locations throughout the school building. The card access control system locks all exits during school hours.

La Crosse schools haven't had any major security problems recently. But for Showen, that's the point behind security efforts.

"The systems we put in place, we want to see as preventative," he told WKBT-TV. "It's our job to make sure that we put layers of security, if you will, so that it makes it so much harder for somebody from the outside to get into the building in the first place."

Onalaska High School is also finishing construction on a new entrance that directs visitors to a more secure location.

"They will enter that vestibule and then they will go into the office, rather than right into the hallway, which is the way it would've been before," said Larry Dalton, Onalaska School District finance director.

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Information from: WKBT-TV, http://www.wkbt.com