Security Increases at Football Games
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City High School is seeing new changes around Adkins Stadium.
While the football players have been working hard in preparation for the school's first football game of the season, the athletic department has been working hard to step up the security. The department's athletic director, Mike McGurk, says it has taken months of planning to map out the details of the new security provided at the games.
"Myself and three other individuals met this summer to go over what we can do best that satisfies the needs of the...people coming to the football games to provide a safe environment."
The new system entails closing all but one of the entrance gates, where students will be required to have their school ID cards scanned. The hand-held scanners will not allow students to enter the stadium if their record shows they are currently suspended from school. A red "x" will appear on the scanner's screen when a student is denied admittance. The scanners are miniature computers, so it's easier for school administrators to keep track of almost everyone attending the game.
Principal Deanne Fischer agreed with McGurk when addressing why the new security system has been implemented.
"We want to be proactive to prevent anything from happening," Fischer said.
No comment was made regarding whether or not there was a previous incident to spur on the necessity of the new safety procedures. The school is also thinking of using the same devices at school dances and other events that will require increased safety for the students.
McGurk says the entire system will cost $10,000, which will take around two years to pay off. He says the district is helping the department pay the expenses.