Minnesota High School Increases Security after Trespass

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- The principal of Apple Valley High School said the school is changing its security measures after an incident in which a homeless man spent time living there.

Principal Steve Degenaar said Thursday that about $40,000 will be spent on extra security cameras and controlled-access doors. Another $10,000 will be spent on new interior door keys and locks, and $5,000 to $7,000 for security staff.

Some of the physical upgrades will be part of the school's $6.5 million expansion plan, which includes six science lab, a multimedia production studio and other classrooms.

The cost of the new keys and security staffing will come from the high school's budget, and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan District 196 will pay for the cameras and controlled-access doors.

Degenaar also said additional building security will be provided during large events and during some evening or weekend activities when considered appropriate.

He also said the school will get more security cameras and access control doors. And locks will be changed on many of the school's interior doors.

"It would not be appropriate to disclose details of each and every modification we have made in our security plan," Degenaar said, adding that the school is working with local law enforcement and other security officials.

Last week, a 21-year-old said he took refuge in his former high school because he was homeless and needed a warm place to stay. Francisco Serrano is free on bond after being charged with trespassing, but he still faces possible deportation on an immigration charge.

The school conducted a similar security review 10 years ago, after a student was molested by an intruder at the high school. That review resulted in tighter check-in procedures, identity badges, hall monitors and other measures.

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