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Security enhancements still under construction as CCISD's first day of school approaches

Posted at 4:52 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 22:35:32-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — “Here you can see the door lights aren’t put in the door glass,” said CCISD Chief of Police Kirby Warnke.

School starts in just one week and not all the security vestibules are quite finished but chief Warnke says by the first day of school, each CCISD campus should be outfitted with a complete and functioning security system.

“We visit with the contractors on a weekly basis and they've been very very aggressive in trying to meet this timeline,” said Warnke.

Warnke says the school district started building the security vestibules three months ago.

The new security enhancements create a secure lobby area that no one can get past without checking in first.

And Warnke says even if they do, there are secondary safety measures still in place

“We've got electronic layers, we've got hardware layers and layers as subtle as an I.D.,” said Warnke. “Shortly after the Parkland issue and Santa Fe the governor came out with some recommendations and that was single-point entry, which is what this is,” said Warnke.

Kostoryz Elementary School principal, Kelsie Morris, is ready for school to start next Monday. And even though the security vestibule at her school isn't 100 percent complete, she says she trusts when they're completed, they'll make parents feel more at ease when they drop their kids off.

“Because we know that we can tell our parents ‘yes when they are here we're going to take care of them make sure they're safe from 7:50 AM until 3:05 PM’ so we're really excited about the increased measures,” said Kelsie Morris.