When dropping your kids off at school this year, you
may notice some changes to the entrance of the building
That's because school districts throughout La Crosse
County have been working hard this summer to improve
security during school hours.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with an update
Mike and Lisa,
School officials say there is always room for improvement
when it comes to the security of school buildings.
Not only are schools updating the technology by adding
cameras and intercom systems, but some are in the
process of completely redoing their entrances to make
them more secure.
This room was a primary room.
For the past 20 years, this room at West Salem Elementary
School has been home to many kindergarten classes...
However, that's all about to change.
We are going to remodel it into an office.
This room was selected because it is the first room
to the right of the current entry which will allow
us to have a secured entry at the front of the building.
Right now when you enter the school, you pass through
a glass foyer and end up right in the middle of the
hallway with access to the entire school.
With the distance between the front doors and the
office, there's people coming in and you don't really
know where they go.
Plus, with so many pre-k classes going on, people
are constantly shuffling into the school without much
of a warning.
We just realized how vulnerable we are in terms of
just controlling people in and out during the day.
That vulnerability served as a wake up call
We started the demolition here.
It may not look like much now, but soon it will provide
more security for students.
TROY -- In this room you are going to see in the corner
over there a separate door and a secure area, so a
person will have to come in, be greeted and then there
will be a buzzer system that will allow them to even
Along with West Salem, four different schools in the
La Crosse School District are also getting an update.
Many of the schools already have cameras and intercom
systems in place...
Now it's about modifying the physical structure to
help guide people to the right location so that we
know frankly who is in the building and where they
The older buildings are a little more difficult.
We are looking forward to just providing a safer place
for our kids to go to school.
In La Crosse County, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
West Salem's school board is expected to finalize
the plans for the new front office by early next week.
The superintendent says the entrance should be completed
The new front office at West Salem is being paid for
by a referendum that passed in the Spring allowing
the school to make security updates.