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Sumner Co. schools director wants more officers

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The push for tighter security at Tennessee schools is being debated in many counties since the shootings in Connecticut.

In Sumner County, the schools director said he wants to boost safety, but it will take a large sum of cash to make it happen.

Schools director Del Phillips has proposed a $5 million plan, which would pay for more school resource officers and security upgrades to school buildings.

"What we're specifically looking at doing is modifying our policies so that you can't have direct access to students from the entrance and the front office personnel can have better visibility of who is coming in and out of the school," said Sumner County Schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson.

Currently, there are seven officers in schools, but the plan calls for 20 more.

The sheriff said it would take a tax increase to support the plan, but it's not expected to be met with any opposition.

The school system started late this year because of prolonged budget problems.

The director of schools will present his plan to the board of education and the county commission next month for approval.

Earlier this week, school leaders in Rutherford and Williamson counties announced efforts to increase police patrols and look into hiring more school resource officers.

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