Houston County schools http://apr.org en Ala School Officials Consider Cutting Armed Guards http://apr.org/post/ala-school-officials-consider-cutting-armed-guards <P>School officials in Houston County are considering eliminating armed guards from schools and cite associated costs as a reason why.</P> <P>Superintendent Tim Pitchford Tuesday told the Dothan Eagle <A href="http://bit.ly/ZmFAyH"><U><FONT color=#ff0000>(http://bit.ly/ZmFAyH</FONT></U></A> ) 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.</P> <P>Pitchford says he would like to keep guards in schools but the associated costs may be unsustainab Thu, 02 May 2013 12:22:06 +0000 The Associated Press 29586 at http://apr.org Ala School Officials Consider Cutting Armed Guards Ala. School District to Review ID Badge Policy http://apr.org/post/ala-school-district-review-id-badge-policy <DIV> <P>(Information in the following story is from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com)</P> <P>The superintendent of Houston County schools says district officials plan to review a new security policy that requires all students to wear identification badges.</P> <P>The Dothan Eagle reports Superintendent Tim Pitchford says school officials will take a second look at the effectiveness of the badge requirement in April.</P> <P>Houston County schools started requiring the IDs in 2013 after the school shootings last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:39:10 +0000 The Associated Press 26876 at http://apr.org Ala. School District to Review ID Badge Policy