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Plano ISD Considering Boosting Security At Schools

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Safety and security of students and teachers are top of mind in the aftermath of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Plano’s superintendent Richard Matkin is telling parents while the district is proud of its security measures, he wants to go further.

In an emailed letter Matkin said, “…I will bring forth to the school board some very aggressive recommendations regarding safety…”

Among the considerations, increasing monitored access to district buildings, extending
security personnel at all campuses, and modifying school entrances so that there’s only one controlled access point.

The district is also considering more staff training to recognize new, potential threats.

Susan Schwartz, mother of two students, agrees. “You can’t forsee what’s going to happen, and we just need to strike a good balance on what we do and what measures we put in place.”

Schwartz says she supports the idea of having an armed guard at each school. “I don’t mind having a police presence or security guard on the campus. I think the children take comfort in that. I think they’re trained in what they do.”

Louis Koven has two middle school students. “I think throwing out something for us to think about is good. I’d do anything to protect my kids, and everyone else’s kids.”

The Superintendent declined an interview, and would rather speak with board members first.

CBS 11 emailed board President Tammy Richards for comment, but have not heard back from her yet.

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