“School leaders in the Northwest are adjusting to the new year with additional security steps – including guards at schoolhouse doors.

Many school districts are tightening sign-in procedures and making sure school doors are locked.

And the small Southwest Washington district of Ridgefield is going further.

Spokesman Eric Jacobson says Ridgefield is spending about $40,000 to hire armed guards from a private security firm.

“This contract that we’re signing with Phoenix Protective Corporation isn’t just for the armed security that they’ll be providing. We’re also consulting with them for them to review our existing school security procedures and protocols.”  Nearby urban districts, like Vancouver, Evergreen…”

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