NACS converting elementary schools for new "secured entrances"

At Arcola Elementary, the office and lobby area are being modified to make it a new "secured entrance," preventing visitors from accessing students right away.

Posted: Jul 26, 2019 7:48 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2019 10:45 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Two elementary schools in Northwest Allen County Schools are being remodeled for students to return in a few weeks.

At Arcola Elementary, the office and lobby area are being modified to make it a new "secured entrance," preventing visitors from accessing students right away.

"That priority of adding of adding additional security measures to keep our kids safe was priority number one," said NACS spokeswoman Lizette Downey.

At Oak View, the work is a little more involved.

The office was moved so visitors could be forced to walk into the office.

"Being able to implement is important. We do continue to be mindful and prioritize so we are using and maximizing those dollars the best way can," Downey said.

Oak View is getting additional classrooms, without adding on.

Downey said the old layout wasn't efficient.

"Computer labs are now obsolete because we are one to one now so we gained some real estate there," she said.

Work at Arcola is expected to be done in time for school to start August 14.

Oak Views's entrance won't be done then, so a temporary office is being set up.

The project is paid for by a $34 million referendum voters approved last year.

Most of that is going toward building a new elementary on Hathaway Road.

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