Cypress-Fairbanks ISD will spend $55 million to tighten school security, including installing strategically placed panic buttons on campuses and replacing existing entry windows with bullet-resistant glass - upgrades experts call a necessary but unfortunate sign of the times.
Voters overwhelmingly approved the improvement, which will be completed districtwide by 2020, in a $1.2 billion bond election in May.
"We know that students are No. 1 and our staff is No 1. We've got to protect them," said Roy Sprague, associate superintendent for facilities. "How do you put a price tag on someone's life?"