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After an atrocity that killed ten and left 13 others injured, one Texas school is looking to safeguard their children…and they are willing to spend a pretty penny to do so.

Earlier this week, Santa Fe High School’s board of trustees made a move that would a lot just over a million dollars for a plethora of security upgrades to the recently targeted high school – which happens to be the only high school in the entire district.

Of course, curious parents and taxpayers were concerned about exactly how this money would go into upgrading the school’s safety in case of emergency.  The board of trustees did not disappoint, outlining a plan that would not only remodel the school’s main entrance, but also include the upgrade of bullet-resistant glass in sections of the institution that were affected by the earlier tragedy and panic buttons throughout the school.

The remodeling will also take into consideration the nature of mass shooting crimes, eliminating some spaces in which a deranged, armed individual could rampage unimpeded.  One such area, once a dance studio, will be renovated into offices for the school counselor, as well as conference rooms.

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The upgrades themselves were much of the hefty price tag.

According to documentation Santa Fe ISD provided to Breitbart Texas, the panic button system will cost $650,000. It is part of an alarm system overhaul that will work “congruently with the upgraded fire alarm system” and replace the original PA system. The school was built in 1999.

Interior door locks for roughly 160 classrooms are budgeted at $150,000. A remodeled security-minded front entrance costing $250,000 will redirect the flow of traffic.

While many of the updated security fixes are slated to be completed by August 20 when students return to campus, some, like the new entrance, may take longer to complete. According to the school district, they will make every effort to reach the deadline date but some of this work can be finished during evening hours if necessary.

While many parents were pleased with the explanations, there was one point of contention that marred the meeting:  The possible use of metal detectors within the school.

Parents of the Santa Fe high schoolers seemed wildly in favor of the idea, but School Board President Rusty Norman says that this possibility is still up in the air, perhaps to be voted on perhaps as early as next week.




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