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Brunswick High School officially open, safety No. 1

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Updated: 2/02 12:02 am
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Brunswick High School is now officially open and serves as one of the largest schools in the state.

The school held an open house for the last two days for the community to tour the facility.

More than 2,000 students attend the new school.

"I think it's beautiful, it's amazing, because I would go to other high schools and they look like college campuses while ours looked a little rinky dink," said Linda Kretschmar.

Kretschmar said she is hoping to send her daughter to the state-of-the-art school next year.

She said it not only looks every bit of the $57 million it's worth, but it's also one of the safest.

"I feel a lot safer for her to be here, if anything does happen they should have it on tape an on camera," said Kretschmar.

The school is monitored daily through 207 cameras. The principal can keep watch of the unsupervised areas through extra tiny boxes on his computer screen.

The cameras are scattered all throughout the school.

The hallways are designed with a very open look to see everyone and everything going on.

The school district police chief, Rod Ellis said maintaining safety is important especially after the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

"You just take the best practices that you see out there, what you want is maximum ways to get out of the building and minimum ways to get into the building," said Ellis.

Ellis said they have several drills in place and doors are locked at all times. Visitors can only enter the school through the front office.

Prospective student, Kaylin Kretschmar said all those safety measures are needed for her safety.

"Things are going to happen but I think it's safer to have all those cameras, there are always going to see something, and plus they'll see regular bullying with it," said Kaylin.

Glynn County voters approved a special tax in 2009 to pay for construction on the building, which occupies more than 350,000 square feet.
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