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Spokane Public Schools takes steps to increase security, student safety

The district brought in a third party to evaluate safety and security at each school.

SPOKANE, Wash. — With school safety at the forefront of political discussion in recent years, Spokane Public School District hired a third-party to evaluate the safety and security measures at each district school.

The 156 page report took nine months to put together and includes what the district is doing well and what they can improve on over the next few months and years.

"The district invested a lot of money into safety technology and safety equipment and officers. So we want to make sure that we're putting that money where it needs to be," said SPS Spokesman Brian Coddington.

The district said they have already started completing some of the smaller suggestions, but to start putting anything major in place they need to get their budget finished first. 

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Every school in the district will be effected by the changes, but some more than others depending on what the report said.

Currently, every school in the district has video surveillance installed, but the report went over more than just security from outside threats. 

"Everything from how people access buildings to what kind of medical equipment we have, the AED's that we have, fire extinguishers. All those different kinds of pieces of technology that we use to really understand how we use it, where there's opportunity and where we're doing really well," Coddington said.

The complete report is available on the SPS website. It is part of the district's initiative to focus on improving something different every school year.

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