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Hannibal High School increases safety by installing 44 new classroom doors

"In some of these older schools, like our high school was built in 1934, it is a beautiful building but back in 1934, a lot of our doors were not really built at the time when safety and security was probably at the foremost of someone's attention,” said Superintendent Susan Johnson.

School safety measures are now in place to help keep classrooms secure in case of an emergency,

Hannibal High School teachers were welcomed back to class with that last-minute Christmas gift this week.

"A lot of the times it was old wood, so if it was really hot in the building the wood would swell and my door wouldn't even shut so there was no locking it,” said Hannibal High School Special Service Teacher Tammy Watkins.

Watkins was excited to get back to the classroom this week.

Students and faculty at Hannibal High School were welcomed back by walking through 44 new classroom doors.

The original doors from 1934 contains a thin wood framing filled by many glass panes.

With safety at the forefront of the Hannibal School District's minds, they say it's time for a change.

"In some of these older schools, like our high school was built in 1934, it is a beautiful building but back in 1934, a lot of our doors were not really built at the time when safety and security was probably at the foremost of someone's attention,” said Superintendent Susan Johnson.

Johnson said the new doors provide essential safety throughout the school.

"We do have a pane of glass in them now because obviously you want to be able to look out, but it is bulletproof glass, and the other good feature is the doors lock automatically when they are shut,” Johnson explained.

Watkins says the new doors provide more sound proofing which helps with noise in her classroom that is located next to the cafeteria.

"We don't have to worry about it as much, now we can just work on teaching, learning what we need to know,” Watkins concluded.

The new doors cost the district $77,000.

The district budgets safety funding each year in to their fiscal budget.

Johnson says some of the original schools in the district could benefit by also replacing some doors.

She says it's something they're working on next.

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