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Officials: Rural school has one of the best security systems in district

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)  --  One of the main, if not the staple in Birchwood, a small community in north Hamilton County, is the school.

With about 150 students, Birchwood Elementary is one of the smallest in the district, and it has something no other does, a top notch security system.

"You can open them from the inside but someone can't open them from the outside," Principal Sharon Watts says.

Guests at Birchwood Elementary have to get buzzed in by the front office; but first, they have to be seen on a security camera mounted above the door.  

"We can see who wants to come into our building," Watts says.

The school added security cameras about five years ago. Julie Legg was the principal at the time and was concerned with the amount of traffic right outside the school on Highway 60.

"We priced some things, just to see if it was even affordable and found out that it was very inexpensive for us to install some surveillance cameras at the front of the building, and then at the side of the building which are our main access points," Legg says.

She says it only costs a couple thousand dollars, which they raised through school boosters.

Now she hopes the trend will catch on, for peace of mind if nothing else.

"I think it was worth while, and it would be nice if we could spread it to other buildings, it really would," Legg says.  

"If I had a child in an elementary school anywhere, I would hope they would take every precaution," Watts says.  

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