Voters to decide on $10.4 million in security improvements, saferoom for schools

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – On Tuesday, voters in the Mid-Del Public School District will be voting on a bond issue to fund security improvements to their schools.

The $10.4 million bond will make big changes in all the schools to better control who has access to hallways and classrooms in the school.

Right now, visitors are asked to report to the office when they walk through school doors.

However, nothing really keeps them from going straight to a classroom.

Proposed new security would allow all school doors to be locked at once and provide a door screening system, along with security cameras.

Chief Brandon Clabes, with the Midwest City Police Department, said, “Of course, when they were built, they were open air schools, welcoming schools. But with school violence, we need secure vestibules so that when people walk into the facility, they’re controlled and we know who they are before they get in the main population of our students.”

Besides building the vestibules, the bond issue would provide a saferoom for Parkview Elementary School.

In order to pass, the bond issue needs at least 60 percent of the vote.

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