"When school is in session, the controlled entrance will be the only access in to the building," Clay Community School Corporation Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger said.
At the conclusion of the building renovation project, teachers and staff will be issued cards, which may be used to gain access to the buildings when the doors are locked. However, all visitors will be directed to the main entrance where they will be buzzed in by the secretary of the respected school.
"The main entrance will be the only unlocked door, every other door will be locked during school hours," he said.
Once an individual has entered the vestibule, they will be monitored by four video cameras. All visitors will be monitored visually by the secretary and by the cameras.
Only the secondary schools have the security upgrades, which Reberger said should be completed sometime next week. The elementary schools will receive the same upgrades during the renovation project.
The same security is in place at the loading dock area at Northview High School. The middle rear entrance doors leading into the gym and cafeteria are now ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible.
"The security upgrades and the wheel chair accessibility are identical at both Clay City and Northview," he said. "It was done for the convenience of the students and any spectators who might attend an event."
Reberger called the upgrades a dramatic improvement to what was in place and said the total cost was approximately $200,000.
The increase in the cost came because every door opening where the security upgrades were going into received new doors and hardware to ensure they would last. The general contractor for the job was Hannig Construction, Terre Haute.