Security audit in for New Hanover schools

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Safety experts are suggesting better lighting, more cameras and a way to immediately shut down ventilating systems after a safety audit for New Hanover County Schools.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports ( http://bit.ly/15oZSeF ) the county board of education authorized $160,000 for the audit last December after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

The audit covered the district's 42 schools, three administrative buildings and two other buildings.

It suggested improved outdoor lighting and locked front doors that require office staff to identify visitors through a camera.

It also suggested panic buttons in the event intruders enter. It also suggests the schools need to be able to quickly shut down heating and air conditioning if a chemical gets into a school. It also proposed safe rooms in schools.

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Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com

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