It's been nearly 7 months since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Pitt County Schools says it's continuing to improve the safety at all of its elementary schools.
In May, Pitt County Elementary schools started an estimated $350,000 project by increasing security starting with the outside of the buildings. All doors will be locked, and visitors must buzz the main office before they can get in. They are also putting security cameras on the inside and outside of every elementary school. Images from the cameras can be watched from the main office of the school as well as at the facility services office in Winterville.
"Sandy Hook was really a wake up call, particularly with the elementary side of things because in most of the school violence incidents we've had in the past across the country, they've been middle school or high school," said Pitt County Schools Spokesman Brock Letchworth. "This was the first time we really saw something really bad at an elementary level, and it opened our eyes to the fact that. It could be us, and we want to do whatever we can to be proactive to ensure that our students are as safe as possible."
Letchworth says Security systems are expected to be complete by the start of school this fall at Lakeforest Elementary, Sadie Saulter Pre-K, Wahl-Coates Elementary and South Greenville Elementary.
Letchworth says they hope to have all elementary schools in Pitt County equipped with their new security systems by August 2014, and the board hopes to follow up with all schools in the district.