TROUP – The local school board has taken the next step in ensuring that campuses are more safe and more secure, by voting Tuesday to approve various aspects of a security renovation project throughout Troup ISD.
Trustees set a Guaranteed Maximum Price of $807,274 for the proposed project, which Principal Tammy Jones said the district hopes “to launch within the next two weeks and take place over summer break.”
“Our goal is to be finished before school starts, but we have a back-up plan in place if we are not completely done with renovations at that time,” she added. “What it's doing is creating what I would call a 'safety vestibule' in the front entryway of each building, that creates a secure entry (into the buildings). A secretary would greet visitors, then once they're cleared, buzz the doors (to allow them further access into the building).”
The board's vote also entailed related progress issues such as authorizing Jones or an approved designee to execute necessary documents and authorization to proceed with work on the renovation.
This marks the second summer that security upgrades have been made at the local school district: Last year, fencing was added between two buildings at the elementary campus. “We are always reviewing ways to have enhances security at our schools to ensure everyone is in a safe and secure environment,” she said.
Also during Tuesday's meeting, the board hired Scott McFadden as an assistant principal for the middle school campus, she said.