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CMS Superintendent talks security at local schools


Charlotte - Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison is thinking about security.

His staff has looked at campuses and reported back to him some things that could be changed.

"We have looked at everything," Morrison said. "From trying to create single point of access particularly at our elementary schools to our more open campuses."

Morrison had the review after the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Morrison said when looking at the open school campuses, where there are multiple entrances, he thought students needed more protection.

"So are there are uses of perhaps adding some fencing around open campuses," the superintendent said. "And additional security cameras and at some of our older facilities and looking at locks."

Morrison said the safety improvements could cost about $20 million or more. CMS is talking to county leaders about where the money can come from.

The school district says there is money left over from the 2007 bond referendum that can be used but CMS must get permission first before using that money.

No word how much money is left over from that referendum.

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