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AISD shows security upgrades being made districtwide

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ABILENE, Texas - Abilene ISD increased security at most campuses this year, and the district plans to expand those measures next year.

"It sounds pretty drastic, but I think it's a good idea, the more you can do for the kids to protect them," said Dustena Martin, a mother.

"Well I guess security is good cause you know who's coming in and out of the building," said Alejandra Garcia, a mother.

At Bowie Elementary faculty members now use electronic entry cards or badges to unlock certain doors on campus. The system is installed at most campuses in the district now and will be added to just about every campus by next year.

"As we started implementing it one campus as a time all the other campuses were like when do we get ours? When do we get ours? Can we get this now? Can we get this now? And so now just about every employee in the district has their badge," said Cary Owens, the chief technology officer for AISD.

The district is also installing security cameras and perimeter fencing. At Bowie there is also a vestibule at the entrance where visitors wait for a staff member to unlock a door before they're able to get inside.

"You know schools weren't meant to be prisons, and we certainly don't want it to ever be like that, but there is a security risk if you can have just any individual just walk up to your building at any time of the day," said Phil Ashby, director of communications for AISD.

"I think it's good," said Erin Currie, a mother. "I think it's good that they take extra steps."

All the security improvements are being paid for with part of an $87 million bond package voters passed in 2013.

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