Georgetown High students return to school through secured doors

Williamson County

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — All summer, local districts rushed to implement new security measures. Plans were already in the works at Georgetown High, but this summer’s shooting at Santa Fe High School hit home the importance of the changes. 

A metal and glass secured entrance now stands where a reception desk stood before. Anyone who’s not a student or staff member must have their ID scanned and be buzzed into the school.

“I love it. It gives me peace of mind. I have three children here and knowing there’s a process to get in and out of the building makes me feel better,” said Jennifer Malone, a Georgetown High parent. 

She was picking up her son Trent and told us it was a minor inconvenience but one they could easily handle. She says it’s better than before. 

“Before you could get into the building. Really, you could roam around unnoticed for a little bit of time,” said Malone. 

Wes Vanicek is in his third year as principal here and one thing he wants parents to know is if they’re dropping something off for their student at lunchtime, it’s going to take longer.

“Convenience and accessibility is important, but safety and security kind of trumps everything when it comes to school business,” said Vanicek.

He says every door in the high school is locked by key card or by old-fashioned keys and he can control the electronic locks from his phone. 

“A pretty smooth process for us to watch who’s coming in and when they’re coming in if they need to come all the way in or if maybe an administrator needs to great them at the door,” said Vanicek.

Earlier this summer, the Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees approved a $430,000 contract to build secured entrances at East View High and Georgetown High. 

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