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Granby Elementary School Adds New Security for School Year

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Students at Granby Elementary and intermediate schools will see a little more security in their hallways this school year. It isn't costing the city any money and there will still be security patrolling the streets outside the school.

"We're just really trying to be a resource for the school, and actually be present and let the kids get to know us." says Granby Police Chief, Jacob Kelley.

He usually is patrolling the streets, but now he will be roaming these halls during the school days.

"He's also going to be on patrol. so he'll be in and out. he'll be eating lunch with the children, and having some time to visit with him." says Granby Elementary principal, Jyl Augspurger.

The idea came from Granby mayor, Ron Arnall. the east newton school district does not have the funds to hire a full or part time officer, so they had to find an alternative.

Arnall says "Watching Sandy Hook, and the expressions on their face when this happened and they were running from their school, I was sitting there watching that and thought well, maybe Granby can do something like this."

"We think our children will feel more safe and secure, and it will give our parents a sense of relief." says Augspurger.

There is no set time that officer Kelley will be present in the school, but he hopes the few hours he can spend in the school can make a difference.

"We're going to be up here and we do take the safety of the children seriously. we're not just here to go out and write speeding tickets, and take their children away from them, we're actually concerned...legitimately concerned about the safety of the children." Kelley says.

"Obviously forming a partnership with the city and the school basically having an officer on campus at various times during the course of the year is something I think will be great for the community, for the teachers and for the students to have that security...piece of mind." says Superintendent Todd McCrackin.

The East Newton School District is set to return to the classroom's Thursday.

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