VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana community action agency will be making a major security upgrade to its facilities.
PACE Community Action Agency operates several programs out of its main offices in Vincennes, including Head Start.
The agency will start construction soon on changes to its nearly 50 year old building to make the kids safer.
The PACE office building in Vincennes is home to at least a half dozen programs that provide services to the community.
The building has some passive security measures, but officials say it's time to tighten things up.
"That's a challenge because we have so much going on and this is a community building that people can come in freely," said PACE CEO Bertha Proctor. "We had a challenge deciding that."
The deciding factor though was the Head Start program that brings 150 kids into this building every year.
The shootings at Sandy Hook elementary led officials to move forward with the changes.
The PACE building has been wide open since it was constructed in the 1960's but officials say it's not the 60's anymore and they're going to have to improve their security for the safety of the kids.
"That's what it comes down to," said Proctor. "That's not an option. That's what we need to do so we'll take those measures and make that happen."
The Agency has met with schools, police, and security firms.
They now have an $80,000 project that includes adding walls, electronic door openers and other measures.
"It's very expensive and on top of that sequestration happened, so we had lower budgets," explained Proctor, "but we still feel committed to the security measures."
Measures that will still give the public access to the services while protecting the smallest clients.
To help defray some of the cost PACE will host a golf scramble on June 14th with all of the money going to the security improvements.
It is open to everyone in the community interested people should contact Tai Blythe at 812-882-7927, extension 1250.
PACE operates Head Start programs in Daviess, Greene and Sullivan Counties as well and is also planning security improvements at those facilities.
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