Wichita Public Schools to use $5 million grant to boost school security

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wichita Public Schools are preparing to improve security across the district after the state awarded them $5 million in grant money.

The Wichita School District is the largest grant recipient getting almost a fifth of those funds. They are receiving more than $922,600 from the state and the district must match that amount. That means more than 1.8 million dollars will go toward safety and security this year.

The district has identified four priorities starting with the doors.

"Most of them have the traditional classroom lock in that it cannot lock from the inside. A teacher or professional would have to go outside and lock the door, then pull the door shut. That’s also not very timely and not very convenient in that stressful situation," says Terri Moses, Director of Safety, Wichita Schools.

In addition to changing the classroom door locks, the district plans to update technology to cameras and access control, purchase more metal detectors and make more AED’s available for cardiac emergencies.

Details about how the money will be divvied up have not been released. Changes are expected to be fully implemented by the end of the school year.