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New school year, new security in Perry Co. schools


A new security system means changes for students and visitors at Perry Central schools this year. 

Officials say it's been a long process, but a security system is finally in place at the schools. They believe the new system will keep everyone safe, while preserving the schools' family-friendly atmosphere.

School administrators can now use newly-installed cameras on each of the school's locked entrance doors, to identify visitors. A new intercom system on those same doors allows visitors to identify themselves.

Superintendent Mary Roberson says the schools were hesitant to install this type of security system, fearing it would make the school system appear less-welcoming. But Roberson believes tragedies like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary demonstrate the need for such a system.

"We really believe at Perry Central, we want to be welcoming. That's part of what keeps us safe, is that we're welcoming and kind of have a family atmosphere. We want to keep that atmosphere strong, but also make sure that our students are safe," Roberson said.

Roberson says, so far, they've received nothing but positive feedback from students and parents regarding the new security system. 

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