BURLEY, Idaho -- Additional doors are being added to two elementary schools in south-central Idaho to improve school safety.

Cassia County School District Superintendent Gaylen Smyer tells The Times-News the doors will enable the schools to secure children inside classrooms behind locked doors.

School officials say Mountain View and Declo elementary schools were built with an open-classroom design in the 1970s that tended to reduce the number of inner walls and doors.

Mountain View Principal Delia Valdez says donated doors have been installed at the school, but seven rooms still don't have doors.

Doors will be added at Declo during spring break.

School officials say concern has increased following the December shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 first-graders and six staffers at an elementary school.

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