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New secure entrance to be created at BHS

Citing school safety concerts, Bellefontaine Schools Board of Education members approved at their Monday evening meeting a construction project to create a secure entrance to Bellefontaine High School.

Work will be completed this summer at the school to incorporate the new entrance that will bring visitors into a secured area by the main office. Then guests will have to speak with an office staff member through a glass window before being buzzed into the school through a locked door, officials said.

Thomas and Marker Construction was issued a contract for the project at a cost of $43,500, to be paid out the district's permanent improvement fund.

Members waived the competitive bidding process for the initiative, noting the urgency of creating the secure entrance as soon as possible.

Superintendent Beth Harman echoed those concerns, stating that the current entrance does not open to the school office, but instead to a long hallway. Visitors have to walk through a corridor and turn several corners to arrive at the main office.

"The high school entrance is not designed well for school safety. It was constructed before Columbine, before we had to worry about someone carrying a gun into the school.

"Our students' safety is our top concern, so we want to get this project under way as quickly as we can."

For more Bellefontaine BOE news, see Tuesday's Examiner.

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