School security a priority for Keokuk school infrastructure plans

Keokuk, Ia (WGEM) – School officials in Keokuk said they’re working to keep kids safe as they start planning for a district-wide infrastructure overhaul.

Superintendent Christine Barnes told TV Station WGEM “We really want to provide the best learning environment but also a safe learning environment,”

The architects touring Keokuk’s schools Tuesday said there’s a number of ways to do that.

Bluestone Engineering President Tom Foldes said, “It’s really important you have adequate coverage and the perimeter of the building is properly secured,”

Superintendent  Barnes said Tuesday’s tour of Hawthorne, Torrance, George Washington is only the start.

As the district looks for ways to improve, Barnes said it’s important community members make their voices heard too.

Barnes said money won’t be an issue as voters approved a levy increase earlier this year that will bring the district nearly $700,000 each year for the next ten years.