August 20, 2014
It has been one busy summer for Albemarle County Schools. Besides fresh paint and polished floors, 13 schools underwent some major security upgrades, including new controlled entrances.
"Love them, I just love the feel that it has," said Woodbrook Elementary School Principal Lisa Molinaro.
Molinaro says the new set of doors at the school's entrance will act as a sort of buffer zone.
"With this new entrance we're able to have parents come into the building very easily, or families, or visitors, but now they'll come in and they'll be channeled in to the main office and then they'll go through the main office once they get their visitors badge to be going through the main part of the school," she says.
The doors will remain unlocked until 7:55 a.m. After that, access to school hallways will only be allowed through a door in the front office.
Molinaro introduced the new entrance to parents and students at a recent open house and says it was well received.
"I knew that we were going to be putting in new security doors but I wanted to make sure that as we were doing it that we were being thoughtful that this is a community school and that it's always open to our community, so we wanted it to be an inviting entrance way and that's one of the things parents were saying, it's still big, it's still spacious," she says.
The new doors are not the only security upgrade, parents and students may notice a slight change to the outside of the building.
Shrubbery that had overgrown some of the classroom windows has been cut back getting rid of anything that could possibly block the line of sight.
These are just a couple of improvements happening all over Albemarle Co. to make sure students stay safe at school, this year and years to come.
The county spent $500,000 in summer security upgrades to entrances at several schools.
Before this school year, only three county schools had controlled entrances.