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Tulsa Public Schools making security changes across the district before year begins

Posted: 4:16 PM, Jul 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-07 19:17:02-04
Tulsa Public Schools

TULSA, Okla. — TPS is changing entrances across the district.

Starting this fall at Cooper Elementary, after getting buzzed in, people will be diverted into the office, and new windows will allow office staff to see everyone coming inside.

"We always take a look at what other people are doing and how we can improve our situation because new technology always comes out, so it's something that we continually look at," bond director Chris Hudgins said.

The principal at Cooper said she's always thinking about how her school can be safer.

"All the time. It's always on my mind: what else can we do. What can we do differently, what can we do instead of this, what can we improve on? I'm always reflecting on that," Joy Modenbach said.

Modenbach said these changes bring her peace of mind too.

"It makes my family feel safe when I come to work. I think that's a part that sometimes we forget about. We also have families as the adults in the school and our families worry about us too so I think it's really just putting the community first and I think that's how it should be," she said.

And it's not just new security. Changes at the elementary school include new technology, like smart TVs, and renovating rooms across campus.

Crews are working 10 hour days, six days a week to have everything ready by the first day of school on August 21st.

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