Menomonie School district is upgrading school security

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MENOMONIE, Wis-- An area school district is beefing up school security thanks to community support. Menomonie School District is in the midst of a $36 million referendum renovation.

The Menomonie School District is upgrading three of its schools.
At River Heights Elementary and Downsville Elementary, new and more secure entrances are being built. Menomonie high school is adding an addition and a new security system.The goal to create a safe environment for kids to thrive in.

“Our community has given the children and families in this district a tremendous gift,” said Menomonie Administrator Chris Stratton.

Stratton says this is an exciting time for their community.She says the new security tight entrances at the elementary schools will be finished by late this summer.

What parents and visitors will find is what's called a ‘secure egress’. Right now, if you are buzzed into riverside elementary parents and visitors can bypass the school office. But with the new upgrade the entrance to the school will be to the office.

“So parents and visitors can't really come straight in to the building and be in contact with students. They are forced into the office and need to be buzzed through to get to the rest of the building,” said Stratton.

At the High School along with a secure entrance the district is beefing up its security camera system.

“We've had security cameras in place for a while but we are adding a lot more cameras are the high school and placing them in areas we were not able to cover before. The enhancement will allow our administrators to watch and be in all areas of the building on their desktop at the same time they are conducting other business during the day,” said Stratton.

Stratton says students can't learn if they don't feel secure and safe and he says these upgrades will make sure their students thrive.