By Ashley Rader
Past, present, and – maybe – future: Thursday’s tour of Elizabethton schools gave city leaders and law enforcement a look at past capital improvements, current security measures and hopes for future projects.
The Elizabethton school administration team and the board of education hosted the school tour for Elizabethton City Council members, city leaders and Elizabethton Police Department personnel Thursday morning.
Director of Schools Ed Alexander showcased the past capital improvements at each school and shared the system’s current five-year capital plan. He also shared the security measures the schools have in place to protect students and faculty.
“We started focusing on school security six years ago,” Alexander said. “We have made some improvements, but there are still areas for improvement.”
Alexander said EPD Chief Greg Workman suggested adding silent alarms to each school that would alert the police department. He also suggested school administrators wear personal alarm badges they could press if there were need for police to respond to the school.
All of the schools in the system have a buzz-in main entry with video cameras so office staff can see who is trying to gain entry to the schools. School resource officers are present at Elizabethton High School and T.A. Dugger Junior High School.