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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Security is already pretty tight in Tift County schools, but they're planning make it even harder for people to get inside. School officials are currently in the planning stages to improve measures to keep unwanted people from gaining to their schools.  

Students in Tift County schools could soon notice some obvious security upgrades.

"The new system that we are considering is something very similar to hospitals and things like that. A secured door and you have to have a badge or a pass," said Robby Dasher, Dir. of Operations.  

Right now all 12 campuses in Tift County have standard door locks. School officials say they haven't had security problems, but they know card readers would make schools more secure.  

"Each one of the schools has a security entrance, so if an individual wants to come into the front of the school they come into a foyer that steers them into the front office where they're greeted by a staff member," said Dasher.    

As another safety precaution, all visitors must stop at the front entrance to get one of these yellow passes.   Students wear ID badges to identify them as students.  "All of our staff have pictures IDs that was an additional feature that we put into place this school year."  

Cameras also provide extra security. School Board members say they have a responsibility to review security often and make improvements.   "We have a really good plan in place to cover multitudes of issues, weather, intruders all the concerns you will have."  

The additional security features will be paid for with sales tax revenue. The goal is to have everything set this summer for the next school year.

 

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