Williamsville schools beef up security
The Newtown shooting shook parents in every part of the nation. Now many schools are trying to figure out the best ways to keep their students safe. YNN's Natalia Martinez tells us about one local school district that is hiring staff to beef up its security.
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WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — When visiting a school in the Williamsville Central School District, you first have to be buzzed in. A camera is recording you as you make your way to the office.
But for district officials that wasn't enough.
"We want to make sure that when we do buzz in visitors that there's a person there to greet them," Dr. Scott Martzloff, Williamsville Central School District Superintendent, told YNN.
"And that no visitor who doesn't have the right intentions is able to wander around the school," he added.
The district is looking to hire new staff. Each unarmed monitor will screen visitors at the main entrances of the 13 schools in the district for five hours each school day. The school is responsible to staff the remaining school hours.
"I think it's really smart, i think they should beef up security with the issues going on at all the schools, I think it's a good idea," said Katie Yeates, Amherst resident.
They are part time positions funded with $15,000 from the district's budget until the end of July. The qualifications are the same as those for a school aid.
"I have no problem with them adding however much security they need to protect my children," said Cheryl Taplin, an East Amherst resident.
Classroom doors also remain locked and the district plans on adding extra cameras.
Their measures stem from recommendations from national studies after the Columbine school shooting.
"We obviously want to do what we can to make sure people feel safe in our school environments, but we also don't want what was just beefing up security to turn into some totalitarian environment," Taylor Kozlin told YNN as she picked up her sister from school.
But the Sandy Hook shooting has left many stunned.
"That could have been my son's classroom; that could have been a classroom in the Williamsville Central School District," Martzloff said.
The monitor positions pay $10.61 an hour.