Kalamazoo Public Schools are increasing security measures around the school district.
A news report says, at a meeting, the Board of Education approved $59,000 to purchase technology to better secure entrances at eight school buildings. The entrance changes will take place at El Sol, Hillside Middle, Lincoln International Studies, Milwood Magnet, Northglade Montessori, Prairie Ridge Elementary, Spring Valley Elementary and Woods Lake Elementary. The changes will make visitors go through the school office first before they can enter the rest of the building, increasing prevention measures.
The money comes from the $96.7-million dollar bond that passed by voters last year, with $4-million of that going to security improvements.
Moreover, the Kalamazoo Public School District is trying to implement eco-friendly solutions with a new electric school bus. The 2020 71-passenger electric bus is part of a pilot program by the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation and will be funded by the Volkswagen State Mitigation Trust and through the district's 2018 bond fund, says the report. Six more Michigan school districts were chosen for the program, so there will be a total of 17 electric school buses within the state.