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Published January 23, 2013, 09:26 PM

Small school tells why $10 million may not be enough for security

Hankinson, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota Legislation is taking a closer look at security in our schools. They are even proposing funding the state with up to ten million dollars. It may not be enough.

By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Hankinson, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota Legislation is taking a closer look at security in our schools. They are even proposing funding the state with up to ten million dollars. It may not be enough.

Chad Benson, Hankinson School Superintendent: "The older section is definitely more of a challenge for us."

After many massive shootings, even the smallest of schools are taking a look at a big problem.

Benson: "We always say, if people want in the building, they will find a way in."

Sure, an upgrade sounds great and even logical. But for a school that was built back in 1921, it's easier said than done.

Benson: "To have someone manning the doorway checking in people as they come that, that definitely is a big expense for us as small as we are."

Chad Benson, the Hankinson School Superintendent, pointed out their weakest points in the building.

Benson: "This is even worse as far as seeing them."

There are options for small schools like this. Like installing a buzzer, hiring someone to man the door. But right now, it's just not in the budget.

Benson: "Financially, it's challenge because, where do you go?"

But locks may not be enough. In certain situations, they say awareness is most important.

Kent Dennis, Hankinson School Principal: "It is important, especially when you have visitors. We need to know who is here, who's visiting our school."

Patrolling the hallways with bodies, and cameras are a few security measures Hankinson takes.

Dennis: "You work with what you've got. And again, you keep up a diligence, be sure you've got your eyes open, your ears open and you are aware of your surroundings."

But the principal says things could be better.

Dennis: "If it was ten million, if it was one hundred million, I don't know if it would ever be enough."

Even if it was a simple lock.

Benson: "At least it slows them down, causes them to make noise if nothing else."

Until the bill passes and until the funds trickle down, Hankinson says it'll just have to keep its awareness up.

In the beginning of February, Hankinson will be upgrading security by teaching faculty how to respond in emergency situations.

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