School security is a hot topic nationwide, and in Kansas. Millions in tax dollars are flowing right now to public schools to pay for safety improvements.
Andover Public Schools is one district upgrading security at their elementary schools.
Wheatland Elementary is a construction zone this summer, but it’s just temporary. It will soon be ready for students, and it’s one of several Andover schools getting updates for a reason– safety.
“We assume that these things don’t have geographical boundaries, we treat it very seriously that this is a threat that could happen anywhere,” said Terry Rombeck, Andover Public Schools.
The district’s Director of Communication says Wheatland and their other elementary schools will have new video surveillance and intercom systems thanks to the state’s $139,000 grant for safety features. Another new security upgrade? More controlled school entrances.
“These improvements are going to allow us to have everybody route through the office, so we make sure that everybody who is in the school is supposed to be in the school,” said Rombeck.
Crews have been working hard this summer to get these and other safety improvements done by the start of school, like new classrooms that also act as storm shelters. Rombeck says school safety and security is the district’s top priority, and parents say they appreciate that.
“In light of the current events happening across the country, it’s encouraging to know that we’re keeping ahead of the game and making sure that we’ve got steps in place to keep our kids safe,” said one Andover parent.
The district was already working on these improvements for these schools, so the support from the state will allow them to do more. They expect to start similar improvements for their secondary schools in the next two years.