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Securing Hawkins school entrances could cost up to $1.4 million

September 11th, 2013 9:29 pm by Jeff Bobo

Securing Hawkins school entrances could cost up to $1.4 million

The Hawkins County BOE will be studying a $1.4 million proposal to install secured lobbies at every school in the Hawkins County system.

ROGERSVILLE — With extra police presence already on the way, Hawkins County school officials are now looking at installing secured waiting rooms at the entrance of every school in the system, which would cost between $1.4 and $1.167 million depending on a couple of options. 

On Sept. 5 the Hawkins County Board of Education heard a report from architect Don Solt on his recent study into what can be done to beef up security at the entrances of every school in the system. 

Solt said he checked the national Homeland Security website for school security guidelines. There was a checklist containing 175 school security elements.

Solt then matched that checklist against every school in the Hawkins County system.

Rogersville Middle School had the worst results, failing to meet 37 percent of the seceurty elements on the checklist.

Solt said it was no surprise that the county’s newer schools including Joseph Rogers Primary and Clinch School score the best on the checklist, failing to meet only 10 and 11 percent respectively.

Read more in Thursday's print edition of the Times-News, or in the expanded electronic edition.  



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