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Hollister security upgrades approved

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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:13 pm

When parents visit any of Hollister’s four schools next school year, they’ll no longer be able to walk right into the building.

The school board voted this past weekend to move forward with plans to make changes at all the main entrances at the schools, including remodeling projects at both the elementary and high schools.

“With the Sandy Hook tragedy still fresh in our minds, it was a good time to re-evaluate our security,” said Chris Ford, assistant superintendent, referring to an incident last December when an intruder entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 students and educators.

“We are in the business of educating kids, but our No. 1 priority is student safety,” he said.

He said the middle school is the only building currently where visitors must enter through the office, but even there, Ford said, there will be some changes.

Ford said the early childhood center, which opened in 2011, will only need a slight modification to prevent anyone from walking through the front door and immediately entering the building.

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