LEANDER, Texas (AP) The Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children left has forced Central Texas districts to consider how they can make their buildings safer.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that many schools took new measures after the 1999 school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Now, the recent shootings in Newtown, Conn., have officials pondering what more they can do.

The principal of one Austin middle school wrote to parents saying she would ask for more surveillance cameras, an intercom system at the entrance, and more exterior lighting.

An Austin school district official says officials are evaluating "what we're doing now and see if there are other things we should do."

The Newtown shootings have led to debates over gun control and whether more school officials should be armed.