N.C. elementary school security project serves as model for campuses across the country

Pilot program designed to tightly control access at Duplin County Schools

Farrior said the changes have been transparent to the students. Parents have told him they feel reassured that their children are well protected. Faculty and staff have been supportive of the new project knowing that the improvements also help to protect them.

“Throughout this process, the board members and administration have been behind this effort 100 percent,” he said. “Security for our students, faculty, staff and visitors is a top propriety for us all.”

Fiel said that in addition to noting equipment needs, the risk assessment also identified landscaping, fencing and lighting improvements, added signage and other procedural steps to follow during an emergency. These items were quickly and inexpensively implemented to add to the school’s overall security.

“All schools can follow the Wallace Elementary school plan,” he said. “These solutions have been proven in real-life situations and are not prohibitively expensive. It’s time for all campus stakeholders to make security an ongoing process and give it a priority along with academics.”

About Duplin County Schools

Duplin County Schools is a small rural district located in the eastern part of North Carolina, with main district offices located in Kenansville, N.C.  The district operates 16 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, while educating about 8,700 students living within its 850-square-mile boundaries.