GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford County Schools are working hard updating security changes recommended by the Board of Education’s Security Task Force.
"We need to do everything in our power as a community to end school violence and prevent school violence," said Greggory Slate executive director of district safety.
Since last year, Guilford County Schools has spent about $1.2 million making upgrades including:
- $463,221 to replace 75 doors
- $37,460 to improve fire alarm triggers to local fire departments at 79 sites
- $537,500 to put telephones in every classroom
Even so, the school district still has more to do, according to Slate.
They also want to add automatic defibrillators to more than a dozen buildings, and improve reliability of the communications system to first responders.
The state also just made it mandatory for all schools to have panic alarms by next year.
School systems also have to install emergency access key boxes, according to a new state law.