Lack Of Doors At Mexico Middle School Discussed At Board Meeting

A substitute teacher at Mexico Middle School addressed the Board of Education Tuesday night regarding the lack of doors at the middle school.

Lisa Oviatt is substitute teaching at the school for 8 weeks. She urged the board to start taking a serious look at the safety concerns associated with the lack of doors to the classrooms in the case of an active shooter. She reports she had sent a letter last year regarding the same issue, and her appearance was not prompted by a gun being found in a book bag at that school last week. She went on to commend the staff at the middle school for their handling of that situation, but says it could have ended differently.

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Board member Scott Hobbs said the board had discussed it last year, and a contractor was scheduled to come to see what could be done, but has not made it yet.

School Superintendent Dr. Zach Templeton said at one point the way the HVAC system was set up did not allow for the rooms to be closed off, and that a complete renovation of the school was also previously discussed. He went on to estimate that each door would cost around $1000.

The board agreed with Oviatt that student and staff safety is a priority.

Also in their meeting, the board approved the payment of the final check for construction at the schools to Sound Solutions in the amount of $27,425.

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