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Northland Pines School District Tightens SecuritySubmitted: 07/18/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

Northland Pines School District Tightens Security
EAGLE RIVER - We try to keep our kids safe everyday. When they're at school, we have to trust the district to keep them safe. Northland Pines needs to make some upgrades to make sure its students and staff are safe.

The District has been working with the sheriff and police departments to make schools safer. They want safety to start even before you walk in the doors at Pines.

"We have to do a very good job of monitoring who comes into the buildings, when do they come into the buildings, and once they get into the buildings, where do they go?," says Dr. Mike Richie, District Administrator.

All buildings have always had to monitor visitors, but it has not always been successful.

"Obviously we've always had this, where they've had to have a visitor's badge and check in the office, but the problem is we were not getting one-hundred percent cooperation from people coming in that are doing that and following the procedures."

The District wants to make all main entrances the ONLY doors you can enter during a school day. All entrances will have interior doors that lock. This forces visitors to come through the office to get into the school.

"We know we're going to have to spend some money but it's time that we really do a thorough job with our security," said Dr. Richie.

It will cost around $200,000 to complete all the district's schools. Also among the changes will be fenced in playgrounds and new security cameras.

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