GREGG COUNTY — Work is wrapping up at one Gregg County school district and beginning at another on measures to heighten security. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, Pine Tree ISD officials filed building permits with the City of Longview, detailing $100,000 in security upgrades they expect to be in place before the 2013-14 school year.
The upgrades include installation of new security entrances at each campus where visitors and guests will register with staff before gaining access to any other area of the school.
Spring Hill ISD superintendent Wes Jones said his district wrapped up similar district-wide safety measures by installing new entrances that required all visitors to be buzzed in before they could access other parts of the buildings. Spring Hill ISD planned its security upgrades as part of the $41.8 million bond package that passed in 2008.