Stevens Point (WAOW) -- As the new school year begins, beefed-up security protects Stevens Point Area Senior High.
“As you know, there have been some incidents in some schools nationwide,” SPASH Assistant Principal Steven Prokop said. “We take those situations seriously, we try to learn from them, and learn what measures we can put in place to hopefully prevent things from happening here."
Some of the new features include an intercom video system, remote-locking doors, and reinforced glass around school entrances.
Educational Assistant Laura Miller works reception and signs visitors in. She's happy with the security upgrades.
"If you're at the front desk, you are the very first line of defense,” Miller said. "It's very comforting to know that the school district thinks enough about our students and staff to protect them in any ways that they can."
School officials said the added security cost more than $300,000, but Prokop said the benefits are priceless.
"One of the most important things I see as a role of an assistant principal is to make sure that this is a place where students can learn, teachers can teach, and parents are comfortable knowing that their child is at a safe and orderly school,” Prokop said. “So this contributes to that. It's part of the overall climate."