By Kristin Bednarski
Several projects have been completed and more are in the works at Batavia Local Schools to increase safety of students.
Board of education members began looking into what could be done to increase safety on the campuses after the school shooting that took place in Connecticut.
Superintendent Jill Grubb said several of the projects have been completed including fencing around the modular classrooms at the elementary school.
“It looks fantastic,” Batavia Elementary School Principal Renee Munro said about the new fencing.
The fencing was installed between the modulars connecting to fencing around an outdoor playground behind the school.
Previously, an individual could access the modular rooms by walking around the school.
With the fencing installed, visitors must go through the front office and through the school to access the modular rooms.
T.J. Glassmeyer, assistant principal at Batavia Middle School, said several projects are also underway at the middle school.
He said they have upgraded video surveillance cameras and are working to replace the doors in the breezeway.
Michael Ashmore, treasurer for the district, said they will also be adding a second set of doors at the middle school to force people to come through the office before entering the school.
Ashmore said they are looking at re-configuring the high school entrance to accomplish the same thing, but the project will require more construction.
He said they will soon be hiring an architect for the new building that could help with that project.
“Once we get an architect onboard we will have them look at the high school,” Ashmore said
Ashmore said all of the projects except for the high school will likely cost the district around $30,000.
He said they will be able to use permanent improvement funds, including $44,000 received from casino revenue, to pay for the safety upgrades.
In addition, Board of Education President Scott Runck said the school district has been working closely with the Village of Batavia Police Department at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.
“Police officers are making rounds,” Runck said.