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Keeping Schools As Safe as Possible

June 6, 2013
By THE INTELLIGENCER , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Keeping someone bent on doing evil out of a school building is virtually impossible. West Virginia School Building Authority members are aware of that.

Still, their ongoing campaign to make schools safer in a variety of ways is good, necessary work.

SBA officials have revealed new requirements for school buildings constructed in the state. They include mandates that shatterproof glass be used, administrative offices have direct views of parking lots, and exterior doors have alarms that sound when they are left ajar.

Because the SBA provides at least some funding for most school construction and improvement projects in the state, its rules are important. The agency has been compiling requirements for many years, to safeguard students and faculties from hazards ranging from fire to armed intruders.

Schools never can be 100 percent safe - but the SBA is to be commended for ensuring they are much safer than in the past.

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