Many Craighead County Schools Reviewing Safety Procedures

MARCH 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - School districts large and small are taking a closer look at their security plans after a student at a Jonesboro area school reported to staff that a man entered Westside Elementary School and attempted to make her leave with him on February 27.

Changes are already going into effect at the neighboring Nettleton School District.  Nettleton Superintendent James Dunivan said the system's schools have been equipped with a new system that requires someone within the front office to press a button that opens doors into the school.  Visitors have access to the office, where they sign in, but another set of doors separates the entrance from the rest of the building.

Dunivan said closed-circuit cameras will likely also be added to entrance points, recording images of anyone who enters the buildings.

Earlier in the year fences were added to the playgrounds at the Fox Meadow Intermediate Center and Central Elementary.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)