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Reynolds School District implements new security measures

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GREENVILLE, Pa. - Some of Reynolds school buildings are more than 50 years old. The district did enhance school security by installing cameras and a buzzer system for entrance to the buildings.

"But basically they would be buzzed in and they would be in our main hallway with free access," says Reynolds School Superintendent Joseph Neuch.

In light of incidents at schools across the country, the board of education approved funding for improved security, including the redesign of entrances with an extra set of security doors.

The new entrance system only allows visitors into a neutral area. They cannot get into the main school.

The district also converted to a security card and a keyless entry system that records and logs everyone who enters.

"So that our staff those who have to enter the building on a regular basis will have that access but anybody else will have to be admitted through the office," Neuch says.

Student safety also is enhanced by resource officers, who are armed Pymatuning Township police patrolmen.

"And now we have a resource officer at each building at all times when school is in session," he says.

The superintendent says these new safety measures will augment the district's emergency and crisis plans which are practiced on a regular basis.

"We hope it's one of those places nothing like that ever happens but we just want to be pro active and be as prepared as possible," Neuch says.

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