Security upgrades for rural schools approved

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Bedford County school board members Amy Martin, Brian Crews and Chad Graham listen to a presentation Tuesday. The meeting was the first for Crews, who won election to the 2nd District last month. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)

The second phase of school security upgrades was approved Tuesday.

The Bedford County Board of Education approved a $75,168.33 capital outlay for electronic upgrades to elementary schools in the unincorporated portions of the county. Phase I was carried out last year at elementary schools inside the city limits.

The capital outlay will provide electronic door controls for Liberty, Cascade Elementary, Community Elementary and Community Middle schools, Superintendent Don Embry said.

Newly arrived

The quote just came in to the Central Office Tuesday afternoon, said Ben Barrett, the system's technology director.

The money will come primarily from a federal safe schools grant, with the remainder coming from budgeted funds in the capital outlay portion of the budget, Embry said. Security glass for the school entrances will cost an extra amount that has yet to be determined, he said.

Embry said he has received only positive comments from parents this past year concerning the new controlled entrances at the city elementary schools.