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Western School District beefs up security

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BARRY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The Connecticut school shooting has prompted one school district in the Tri-States to take matters into its own hands.

The Western School District is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade security at two of its schools, in hopes that what happened in Newtown, Connecticut won't happen to them.

New doors and camera monitored entry ways will be put in place at the schools in Barry and Kinderhook.

The total cost comes to almost $212,000 which is paid for by the Life Safety Plan.

Superintendent Carol Frericks says it brings a sense of security to the schools.

"Improvements in our building and improvements in our safety drills always help our students feel more safe and our parents feel more secure about their students being here," said Frericks.

Frericks hopes installation on the new security features will begin by Spring Break.

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