Even though USD 410 is relatively late to the party, we greet the launch of the district?s new access-control system with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it?s a sad reminder that even as we citizens of small towns seek more sophisticated security devices and systems, our personal sense of security actually deteriorates with each advancement. We used to believe small towns were immune from the senseless violence exhibited in school shootings elsewhere. In the lingering shadow of the Excel tragedy in Hesston, plus the number of school-related incidents that continue to surface on the evening news, that carefree confidence may be lost forever.

So we affirm USD 410 for purchasing and launching the sophisticated access-control system?a system we truly hope is never necessary. We truly believe that our local schools will be safer than they were before. But our desire for personal security in the grand scheme of things is yet again diminished. ?DR

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