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Potential Security Upgrades at Wicomico Schools

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SALISBURY, Md.- Money has been set aside in the proposed Wicomico County budget for the upcoming fiscal year to enhance school security in the district.

Wicomico County officials say the average age of the schools in the Wicomico County School District is 43.  One of the older schools is Wicomico Middle School.

"When we have a structure like Wi Middle that's here, we look at what are its vulnerabilities and based on that, then we start budgeting the money as far as how we can fix it," said Andy Turner, coordinator of safe schools for the district.

District officials say getting the schools as secured as they need is a possibility but it all comes down to finding the funds necessary to make the improvements.

The proposed Wicomico County Budget has set aside $1.8 million for school security and technology upgrades.  The money would go towards measures like more surveillance cameras, buzz-in systems and security training.

"Most of our money, we would like to spend it on instruction, on enhancing our children's education," Turner said. "But what we are looking at now is that we need to do things to make our kids feel safe in the building because we know kids can't learn if they're distracted."

Patty Wolf is a Wicomico County grandparent and is behind the proposed plan for the schools.

"I think it's a great idea.  I am happy to know that they're doing it before there's an issue and hopefully this prevents any issues from happening," said Wolf.

And Salisbury parent, James Arietta wouldn't mind seeing even more done to improve security at school.

"It's wonderful.  I also think if we're worried about security I think we should divert a little bit of money to not hire special police but have special police there in the schools to make sure security stays intact," said Arietta.

There is a public hearing on the budget on May 16 and the Wicomico County Council will vote on the spending plan, which includes the money for school security, in early June.

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