School Security Projects Begin at Rutherford High and Tyndall Elementary School

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Two Bay County schools will see major security upgrades beginning the end of the week. The school board approved projects at Rutherford High School and Tyndall Elementary School. 

"At both of the schools, the days of just a straight walk in to the campus will be a thing of the past," said district Director of Facilities Lee Walters.

The district is transforming the entrances of Rutherford High School and Tyndall Elementary Echool to one controlled access point. The two schools are the first summer school hardening projects, coming in at a combined cost of about $580,000.

"We've started with two of the more in depth projects, they are going to be higher on the cost scale," said Walters.

The district will add more security cameras, protective glass, a locked gate and instant background checks for anyone entering the school. It's security measures like those that superintendent Bill Husfelt said cannot wait.

"It's probably going to take a least a year to get all of them done. But we don't want to wait and do the five year plan, we want see if we can get it done in about a year," said Husfelt.

The district said some school lobbys may have to be relocated but they will try to make the process as least disruptive as possible.

"We will have a coordination meeting with administration and make sure we are all on the same page," said Walters.

Construction will start by the end of the week. 

"Our students hav to be safe at school and so the public is expecting that, we are expecting that, the teachers expecting it, so we have to do whatever we can to make sure our schools are as safe as can be," said Husfelt.

Jinks and Everitt Middle Schools are next on the list for summer projects. The facilities team plans to bring those projects to the school board during their next meeting. 

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