Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates hired for security upgrades for six Washington County schools

Security upgrades to be designed for six Washington County schools

Plans are under way to enhance security at the entrances to six county public schools.

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday night awarded a design-services contract for the projects to Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

According to board presentation documents, security priorities at the schools include:

  • Making the main office and reception areas close to an entrance vestibule.
  • Providing a bank-style window between the vestibule and main office.
  • Having a single door from the vestibule to the main office and reception area.

The vestibules have two sets of entry doors so visitors are allowed through the first set but still can’t gain entrance to the school itself without being buzzed in.

The bank-style service window in the vestibule will allow visitors to drop off papers or even a student’s lunch without actually entering the office or school hallways.

The design work is being done for Boonsboro Elementary School; Pleasant Valley Elementary School near the county’s southern tip; Clear Spring Middle School; Northern Middle School in Hagerstown’s North End; Antietam Academy in Hagerstown’s South End; and Greenbrier Elementary School, northeast of Boonsboro.

Such improvements have already been made at 16 schools in recent years, while several newer schools were constructed with the improvements, Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said Tuesday.

Michael told board members that about a dozen schools haven’t undergone such improvements.

Many of those schools are middle and high schools with offices that are a distance from a school entrance, making it more challenging and costly to create a vestibule with direct access to the office, he said.

Still, the school system is always working on improving security in schools, he said.

All county public schools have security cameras at their entrances, Michael said.

At all schools, visitors either need an ID badge that allows them access to the school or they have to be buzzed into the school.

Article from Herald Mail by Julie E. Green