DOTHAN, Ala. —
School officials in Houston County are considering eliminating armed guards from schools and cite associated costs as a reason why.
Superintendent Tim Pitchford Tuesday told the Dothan Eagle the school system has installed automatic locks to allow principals to quickly lock schools down, installed more security cameras and have set in place other security measures to make schools safer.
Pitchford says he would like to keep guards in schools but the associated costs may be unsustainable. Providing armed guards from February through the school years costs the school system about $81,000.
The district hired armed guards in the wake of the December shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.