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School Administrators in Milford Consider Security Upgrades

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MILFORD, Del.- One school district in Sussex County is considering upgrading security at its schools to prevent another tragedy like the one that happened Friday in Newtown, Conn.

"We are constantly looking at the perimeters of our buildings and the entrances into our buildings," said Sylvia Henderson, director of student support and parent/community services for the Milford School District .

Officer Joey Melvin of the Milford Police Department is the school resource officer for the district.

"We serve as a liaison between the school district, the parents, the students and the community. We have many roles," Melvin said. He noted that those various roles help keep students and staff safe from the unexpected.

Henderson said administrators are considering reconstructing front office space to make schools safe from intruders.

Henderson said Lulu Elementary and Morris Early Childhood Center are two schools that could get upgrades.

Administrators say they want to add an additional door that directs visitors directly into the office, similar to the design at the high school.

"With the new additions and changes that we did in the remodeling, you have to come in through the office to gain access to the building. All other doors are locked," said Dr. David Carter, principal of Milford High School.

"All of these projects take time and money and we want to make sure we get the best plan in place," said Henderson.

Henderson added that these projects will enable all schools in the district to become safer.

As of now, school administrators say students practice an array of drills including lockdown drills to help improve safety in Milford.

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