Security, safety focus of Georgetown Middle School entrance enhancement

GEORGETOWN – Indian River School District plans to shut the door on unauthorized visitors and would-be intruders at Georgetown Middle School.

With an eye on security and safety, the Indian River board of education has given the green light to proposed entrance enhancement that will encompass installation of doors and a check-in communication window at the main office of school on West Market Street.

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Photographs of the proposed entrance enhancement at Georgetown Middle School.

School Resource Officer Joey Melvin, a member of the Georgetown Police Department, brought  the safety/security issue to the forefront. It was addressed in October at the district’s Building and Grounds Committee meeting.

“Joey Melvin put together the PowerPoint that I presented to Buildings and Grounds last month. The chairman, (board member) Doug Hudson pushed it through as a school safety issue,” said Joseph Booth, Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds for the Indian River district.

Current design of the Georgetown Middle School entrance allows visitor entry with limited control of visitor movement prior to proper vetting and registration.

The proposed enhancements to the GMS main entrance are an attempt to mitigate risk of unauthorized visitors, intruders as well as enhance visitor management on site.

“At least it slows them up. Right now there is nothing to slow them up,” said Mr. Booth.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental design principles were used in the evaluation of the GMS entrance.

The estimated cost of the 6 foot by 7 foot maximum security doors and installation by Charles Brown Glass Co., of Salisbury is about $6,500. That price-tag does not include the communication window connected to the main office.

“So there are still some other costs,” Mr. Booth said.

There is no set timetable for the project but hope is it will be completed in the near future.

“As soon as we can,” said Mr. Booth.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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