CALLAWAY COUNTY - The South Callaway R-2 school district said Thursday it is taking steps to make its schools more secure. The school board wants to put a keyless automated locking system in place. The board started looking into the lock system last September. Superintendent Mary Lynn Battles said school safety is a priority, but she wants to keep it balanced.
"You don't want to turn a school into Fort Knox," said Battles. "You still want to make it feel comfortable like a home."
Battles said the new system will cost an estimated $2,500 - $3,500 per door, with the goal of putting the system on all of the schools more than 10 doors. She said the locks are a good security measure.
"If we ever needed to put the school on lockdown, we could do it in a matter of seconds," Battles said.
The schools currently use a lock and key system. Battles said it is time to upgrade the security system and the recent string of shootings across the U.S. has brought safety to the front of everyone's mind.
Battle said she hopes the district can start putting the systems on doors sometime this spring. She also said she will be meeting with a security specialist soon who will give the district recommendations on how to make the schools safer.