Woodland Elementary Principal John Wise said the new security device was welcomed by teachers.
“It’s an overall positive response. They like having as much on hand to help them in case something goes wrong,” said Wise. “It’s extremely important to give peace of mind to our teachers, our students and our community.”
Lakota’s Chief Operations Officer Chris Passarge said the security door stops are just one part of safety upgrades at the district’s 23 school buildings started during summer break and continuing into the school year.
“The district has also upgraded its (security) camera system at the main campuses of both Lakota East and West high schools,” said Passarge.
Lakota officials said these additions follow other new safety measures introduced during the last school year when Lakota hired eight new school resources officers, bringing its total to 18, which is one at each campus.
Betsy Fuller, spokeswoman for the district, said Lakota also implemented a new visitor management system called Raptor at each of its buildings requiring driver license and the issuance of photo IDs worn by all visitors.
“We will continue to evaluate our safety protocols on a regular basis,” said Miller.
The District Safety Committee, which meets on a regular basis, includes district administrators, school board members, first responders from both Liberty and West Chester townships and emergency management officials.