In addition, the school has a fence around much of the elementary building and has added security cameras and several methods of monitoring them, including remote monitoring.
One potentially safer area involves addressing security among students, in an area where bullying often occurs. An open wash area, separated from the toilet area, is designed to help teachers better monitor behavior around the sinks.
Ferguson said the goal was to “make the area less likely where [bullying] can happen. Now, teachers have access to better monitor the wash area.”
The project also addressed accessibility as it enclosed two buildings under one roof. Now, all but three classrooms are up to state standards in size. A ramp at the front entrance will not only help students and visitors daily, but Ferguson said it will help during elections, when voters with disabilities come to cast their ballots. The gym – not a major part of the project – also got some attention with improved accessibility.
Visually, the facade informs visitor where to go.
Before, Ferguson said people often asked, “‘Where do I go?’ I think people will be drawn to the main building.”
In addition, he said the enclosed hallways “helps with student flow” and students “now won’t have to get wet” when traveling between buildings.
“It’s now a school plant and not a grouping of buildings,” he added.
While Ferguson notes, “You can see the new construction,” he said there is much more to the project than the eye takes in.
The most amount spent on a single project item – $350,000 – went to drainage, he explained. Now, French drains leading to a large, deep drainpipe will carry away water, all the way to the state park trailway.
The average depth of the deep pipe is around 20 feet, but Ferguson said, “In some places it went 40-feet deep.”