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Parents Complain Of No Alert System During School Lockdown

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash—A lockdown at Broadway Elementary and North Pines Middle Schools due to a nearby police standoff forced parents to wait outside for their kids until authorities said it was safe.  

"One of the teacher's came around and told me they were on lock down," said one concerned parent.   And that was the first time many parents knew about what was going on at their child's school.  

"I think it would be nice if they had somebody telling us what's going on though," said another concerned parent.   Parents were happy their kids were safe, but many complained there was no alert system in place to let them know.  

"What happens every time we have a situation is that we say we really need this system," said Melanie Rose, Central Valley School District spokesperson.   The Central Valley School District says they know they need to update their alert system, but say the problem right now is the school district has no money to install one.  

"When we were looking at the bond package last year it was at about 100,000 dollars for the installation," said Rose.   The school district tried to add funding in last year's construction bond, but the bond failed meaning no additional money for their security and safety proposals.  

"The only way to do these types of improvements are to ask our community for financial support, I'm sure at some point we'll go back out and ask for it," said Rose.   The school district says a timeline for adding this alert system is up in the air but as soon as they can find the money in the budget it will be added.  

"Perhaps there's a way to find the money for this, but we don't have any plans right now," said Rose.

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