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School board approves security screening equipment

The Gloucester County School Board unanimously voted to approve the school security entry screening equipment proposal presented during Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting in the T.C. Walker Education Center auditorium.

Using a combination of weapons detection systems and metal detectors for entry in each school was recommended by assessment team members, which is comprised of division leadership.

Deputy Superintendent Bryan Hartley said next steps would include the purchase of 12 weapon detection systems, which will be supplemented by the division’s existing metal detectors.

“With the 12 weapon detection systems purchase and the current metal detectors, we’ll have enough units to have at least one unit of each at each building,” said Hartley.

Everyone will be required to enter through these devices at each of the eight schools, including students and staff.

“This is going to change business as usual on how you enter and exit schools,” said school board chair Troy A...

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