Zeeland schools using technology to improve security

8:15 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) - In the wake of December's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, schools around the country are more concerned than ever about keeping students safe. Now Zeeland school leaders are leading the way on security by adding new technology and changing building designs.

At Zeeland's Early Childhood Center, any stranger has to jump through hoops before they're allowed in the school. Zeeland Schools Spokeswoman Ginger Smith showed WZZM 13 how the secured entry works.

"The entry ways are locked, you must go through the main office," says Smith.

Following the shooting at Sandy Hook, school leaders had architects double-checking security.

"Immediately after that, we did contact them to have a re-evaluation of all of our entrances, to make sure they are all secure," says Smith.

The school district had already added a fingerprinting system to every building.

"They simply take their finger and put an imprint," says Smith. "We will run a background check on within 24 hours."

"The only people who I think are unhappy are the ones who don't want us digging into their background," says Jodi Gerrits, Director of the Early Childhood Center.

The Zeeland School District currently has the newly designed entrance at three buildings and another is expected to be complete this summer.

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