School resource officer, security improvements planned in Webster Co. schools

Webster School Security

Dixon, KY (WFIE) - The Webster County school system is investing in security.

14 News is learning design plans have been approved to make the high school more secure. That’s not the only additional safety measure in the works.

Design plans give a glimpse of what the Webster County high school entrance will look like around this time next year.

The board has approved the schematic plans.

“A lot of times, when people come in angry, if there can be a few more steps before they get to too many people, it can really help diffuse a situation," Superintendent Rhonda Callaway explained.

Featuring a couple buzzer systems, the improvements will be added on to the front of the school. New administration offices, a nursing station, classroom, and upgraded main restrooms all made it in the plans. Plus, there’s a space for a school resource officer.

“As soon as you walk in, it’s a glassed in area, so he’s almost the first person someone might see,” Callaway added.

With limited funding, the school system was approved for a grant which will help pay for the position. Callaway says she wants the deputy, provided through the sheriff’s office, to build connections to the students.

“Helping them understand education and law enforcement go hand-in-hand,” Callaway described.

That position has been in the works since September.

As for the construction, demolition will begin immediately after school lets out in the summer. They’re hoping to have it wrapped up by Christmas break of 2019.

The improvements follow a safety audit by the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools.

The agency provides training, resources, information and research to local districts.

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