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Decatur schools spend $50,000 on safety

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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Kids in Decatur will start school a little safer this year. The school district spent more than $50,000 on school security improvements.

"I think it's wonderful," said grandparent Janet Appleton.

The money was spent to update lock-down procedures and give first responders the ability to view security cameras in and around the schools.

"This will just give our 911 dispatchers and emergency responders a better tool to communicate," said Decatur School Safety Supervisor Dwight Satterfield.

But the bird's eye view isn't the only addition. The district is also expanding the practice of buzzing visitors in through one single door, at all schools.

"Gives you a little peace of mind," said mom Ruchita Gupta.

They're also adding another school resource officer (SRO), bringing the total to seven. 

"Obviously you can't prepare for every scenario out there, but we can take proactive steps for things that we see trends in around the US," said Satterfield. 

Satterfield said they would love to have SRO's in every school, but that is too costly. SRO salaries are split between the police department and the school system, meaning the city council and the school board must approve the cost.

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