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Pitt County Schools raising bar on school safety

New safety corridors are being installed across the schools in Pitt County. (Tyler Hardin, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Pitt County Schools is holding true to a promise it made to make security at its schools a top priority.

School safety has been on the top of minds for the children in the classroom, parents and staff. PCS is beefing up its security one school at a time.

New safety corridors are being installed across the schools in Pitt County. At Ayden-Grifton High School, the front doors are locked and a call button to buzz in is required to be used. Once inside, visitors have to provide a driver's license for a background check.

Currently, 10 schools in Pitt County have a security corridor but more are on the way so that all of the schools will be outfitted by next school year.

"I think as we continue in the society we have today that any measure put in for safety and security is really embraced better than it was 10 years ago," PCS Assistant Superintendent Matt Johnson said. "State and local funds have come together to help us implement all the safety procedures we’re putting in place right now."

Johnson said the total price tag is $1.5 million and leaders are seeking grants to help supplement the costs. Other measures being put into place are 12 additional school resource officers, patrolling campuses and upgrading security cameras. Teachers and administrators are going through continuous mental health and safety trainings, too.

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