The Weston School District is getting more support, following September's tragic shooting of a principal. On Thursday, State Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Burmaster awarded Weston a $25,000 grant to upgrade security.
Thursday was the first time reporters were allowed to walk through the halls of Weston since September's shooting, which killed John Klang.
There are still reminders down every corridor of the man who sacrificed his life for the safety of staff and students. Now administrators are focusing on the district's security system and making changes schools across the state may benefit from.
During Burmaster's tour of Weston Thursday, she stopped to thank teachers and commend students for their bravery amidst tragedy.
"I can see that this is a community that is working hard in the healing process and I just hope that these funds and resources will help in that support," says Burmaster.
Supertintendent Terry Milfred explained how video intercoms, key-card devices and remote controls will be installed at the school's entrances and exits.
Aside from the physical changes, students at Weston High School are getting psychological support so the school can move forward.
"The idea of breaking the code of silence, of kids feeling they all belong here at school, and not being alienated," says Milfred.
Counselors have completed interviews with all high school students and most staff members, who are now creating a wall of pictures and an outdoor monument to honor former principal John Klang.
"Being active and involved helps them focus on their life and their job and their good work they're doing here rather than looking back," says Milfred.
A local company has donated more than $20,000 to build an outdoor monument in Klang's honor, The school plans to raise the additional $6,000 needed for it.
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