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Schools getting security upgrades
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A security entrance at WCMS is underway as glass is being installed to create a vestibule which sections off a waiting area from the front desk.
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Hickory Creek’s security entrance is right as you walk in the front door with a new vestibule underway.

School may be out, but that hasn’t stopped school construction projects and security upgrades.

Architect Allen Hill with Upland Design Group gave an update on multiple school projects last week during the School Board meeting.

As far as security upgrades, Hill said many schools are nearing completion including Hickory Creek, WCMS and WCHS. Director of Schools Bobby Cox said vestibules are part of heightened security.

“WCHS is complete and it will help control the access and it’s located on the opposite side of the cafeteria over by the auditorium,” said Cox. “Hickory Creek is right as you walk in the door. At WCMS, they are putting the glass in and it is sectioned off with a waiting area and Bobby Ray will have one in the front when it is finished.”

At West Elementary, Hill said utility work is taking place to relocate internet service. The building pad is complete and the contractor is ready to begin the footing just as soon as the utility relocation is finished.

“The electrical service is going to be cut Friday, June 28 so West will be without power until around July 8,” said Cox.

For Bobby Ray Elementary, the progress is continuing as drywall is being hung inside while cladding is going up outside the building. According to Hill, contractors began the installation in the back so the courtyard area behind the addition is further along than what is visible from the front.

However, additional fire ratings have been requested by the elevator inspector at Bobby Ray as part of its installation.

“There will be some additional costs to that, but I don’t know what that will be yet,” said Hill. “The contractor is scheduled to be complete with that the last week in August.”