Lebanon tightens school security after shootings
A central Indiana school district just wrapped up a $36 million renovation to improve security at the school and you don't have to look hard to see it.
School safety continues to be a big concern for districts all across the country.
"It's a fine line," said Superintendent Dr. Bob Taylor with the Lebanon Community School Corporation.
For parent Leslie Johnson, the topic hits close to home.
"We moved here from Knoxville, Tennessee and there were two school shootings there, so yes, school safety is very big," she said.
Superintendent Taylor will tell you it's his primary focus. He points to the high school, which recently wrapped up a $36 billion renovation. Security was a focal point.
"It all starts before you get into the building," he said.
As he showed Eyewitness News, that takes a process. While you can get inside the high school lobby, there's a system of checks and balances to get any further.
After you head inside the lobby, you have to present your ID to get any further. It is scanned and the picture on it is printed on your visitor's tag.
"It does a very cursory review of are there any issues that it might find through your drivers license and your identification. Primarily what we're looking at is are there any student or kid related issues. Are you on any watch lists or caution alerts," Dr. Taylor explained.
Once you get inside, there's no hall roaming.
"You would be with a student office aide who would escort you from Point A to Point B so you're not by yourself," Dr. Taylor said.
Inside the district's six schools, you'll find dozens of cameras that keep an eye on things to make sure everyone is safe. In addition to that, area police can tap into that feed as well.
While some may view the security procedures as a hassle, parents we talked to seem to like the district's security push.
"I feel alright. They seem to be doing pretty good, they have police officers on hand," said parent Steve Rex.
"I feel very secure here in Lebanon. It's a smaller school and safety officers go between the high school and middle school," Johnson said.
The district also requires parents or visitors who volunteer for events to agree to a background check.
Leaders say all the steps are necessary to help keep the districts nearly 3,350 students safe.