WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Every parent wants to make sure their child is safe at school, and one local district is making some big changes. Williamsville is going high tech to improve security.
The Williamsville District is in the process of installing hundreds of new high tech security cameras throughout their schools. It's in response to a Connecticut school tragedy that we will never forget. This will be the first year back to school since the Newtown school shooting.
Williamsville Superintendent Dr. Scott Martzloff said, “Well certainly security is always on the forefront of our minds, we want to make sure our schools are as secure as they possibly can be.”
The tragedy is prompting school districts like Williamsville to make big security changes to keep their students and staff safe.
Martzloff said, “We don’t want to turn our schools into fortresses, but we do want to take steps to make our schools more secure.”
Martzloff says this year 185 new security cameras will be added, all employees will get new ID access cards and also all doors will be set to lock in case of an emergency.
“The doors can be opened but we want them quickly set to lock, so they can be closed in the event of an emergency.” Martzloff said, “We can control who's coming in, the hours people are allowed access.”
The new security system will also improve the district’s relationship with Amherst Police when there's an emergency.
Martzloff explained, “We’re able to connect our system to the Amherst Police Department where they can see it in real time.”
The superintendent says students won't really notice the changes. In the next six weeks, more cameras will be installed and they hope to finish the project by the end of the year.
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