Ever since the attack on children in Sandy Hook Elementary, security experts have been working in local schools to improve protection of students.
Horace Mann Elementary is just one example of schools across the Rapid City School District that are getting safety overhauls.
Before, the office was walled off and staff couldn't see who was coming and going out of the front door. Now, the wall has been removed making staff feel safer. Additionally, keyless doors secure entry points and one button is able to lock down the school if there is an emergency.
Dr. Tim Mitchell, Rapid City superintendent, says certain things are necessary to prevent and handle problems."Limiting entry of people in the building to keep kids safe. It's all about communication, and having good communication, and the last thing is making sure we have appropriate planning in place so we're ready for if something happens," said Mitchell.
And Mitchell says these security projects are being funded by Homeland Security Grants and district dollars.
According to Ron Mincs, the grounds and building supervisor, the funding is $250,000 district–wide.