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New tax helps update school

WYNNE, AR (KAIT)- The Cross County special school election recently passed in a 69-15 vote to help with the expansion of the elementary school and updating the high school door and locks.

The superintendent of the Cross County School District, Carolyn Wilson, said she wants to take action now to prevent something bad from happening later.

"We've been working on getting ready for the active shooter drills the city has mandated," Wilson said.

Wilson has also been working to improve the safety at the high school.

"We've known for a long time that we wanted to replace the door, we have a camera system in place but some of our doors don't lock, when you go out you have to lock them," she said.

But Wilson plans to change that before the next school year.

"We're replacing doors, we doing some safety issues that we need to address,"Wilson said.

Wilson said they have asked several agencies to inspect the structure of the school and make any recommendations.

"The kids have to go out for football, our agr-ri building is separate, our band building is separate," Wilson said. "There are too many things where they have to leave  the building and come back in for."

Wilson said the high school will get self-locking doors and upgrade their camera system.  

"We put in the camera systems, the outside doors are locked and you have to ring in but we still have about three outside doors that we have to constantly go back and check," she said. 

In addition to adding more security to the high school, the elementary school will get two additional classrooms.

"We have known for some time that we were going to have to build on to our elementary school," Wilson said. 

Wilson says the elementary school has been overcrowded for about 2 years now. All changes are expected to be done before August.

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