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Beefing up security at Greenup County schools

Published: Feb. 20, 2018 at 8:34 PM EST
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Following last week’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Greenup County schools are looking at beefing up security.

Tuesday, the fiscal court approved the first step in addressing safety measures. It’s a proposal to buy classroom security devices for all schools in Greenup County.

"It could happen in Greenup,” said County Judge Executive Robert Carpenter.

While Carpenter says not every tragedy -- like last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, is avoidable -- the fiscal court is taking the first steps to boost security in all of their schools.

They’re considering the Barracuda Security System which features various devices like an under-the-door lock that would basically keep someone out of a classroom.

"We have 572 classrooms in the different schools,” Carpenter said.

At $40 to $100 per door, Carpenter says the total comes out to $40,000 to $60,000.

Judge Carpenter says it’s a bill the fiscal court is willing to foot for safety sake.

While there was no opposition at Tuesday's meeting, Carpenter says it will be an ongoing discussion between the county and the school districts before any products are placed in classrooms.

"I'm gonna put out for surveys, we're gonna do an assessment, and then we'll go from there," Carpenter said.

It’s all for a possible purchase they hope to never use.

Silver Back Safety and Training was selected as the company to come in and do the assessments in classrooms.