HUDSON: Hudson schools will be more secure, starting this summer.
The first two facilities to be modified are the high school and East Woods Elementary.
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, the Hudson Board of Education and school administrators have reviewed security at all school buildings over the past six months.
Business Manager Derek Cluse obtained board approval Monday to contract with CACM Solutions of Akron for design-build services totaling $653,054.
At the high school, the main entrance will be modified so that all visitors will be routed through a new enclosed and monitored entrance that will allow access to the school only through the administrative office.
Also planned for the main entrance is a new office for the athletic director, so that guests with business there will not need to walk through much of the school, as is often required at the office’s current location.
A conference room is being added at the main entrance as well. It will allow for community events and access, without the public having to travel farther into the school.
Modifications will be made to the auditorium entrance area. An office will be added on the exterior of the building, and a security entrance installed. All students and visitors entering after the start of the school day will have to pass through this security entrance and be cleared to go inside.
East Woods Elementary will have similar modifications to its main entrance.
Currently, the main office does not line up with the entrance doorways, and there are not direct sightlines to those attempting to come inside the building.
A new entrance will be created that will route visitors through a vestibule within the sight and control of the main office.
Cluse reported that problems have arisen in regard to the natatorium at East Woods, with people attempting to use restrooms located in the locker room area.
Two new restrooms will be added. They will be available for use by those visiting the natatorium without allowing access to the locker rooms.
A new security vestibule at the natatorium entrance will also be created.
Cluse said modifications for other school facilities and other security measures are under consideration, but plans have not been finalized or funds budgeted.
The current projects are scheduled to be completed within 12 to 14 weeks.