HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. – In review of the tragedy in Newtown, the Hudson Falls Central School District is installing security upgrades to their entire school system this week.
Superintendent Mark Doody says the school district is planning to install a camera, intercom, and buzzer system at the main entrance of each of its five school buildings.
Doody says the systems are currently on backorder from a company based in Texas and cost about $1,100 each, totaling around $7,000 for the entire system.
"The way the process works is when all the students are inside, all the doors are locked except the main door, now that door will be monitored," Doody said. He says they will be installed by the end of this week.
Parents will now need to use the intercom system in order to get into the school.
"I think our parents and staff members will be generally supportive of our new security procedures," Doody said.
Doody says they began reviewing their school security procedures in the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. On December 14th a gunman shot his way into the school, killing 20 children and six adults before committing suicide.
"We've been making changes with our security measures for a number of years, it's one of those evolving situations," Doody said of the school's already sophisticated security system.
He says these upgrades are about making the schools safer for students and staff.