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Donation expedites new school safety measure at MCHS

Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

Brown-Forman recently made a donation to the Moore County school system to help with security upgrades on the Moore County High School campus. Attending the donation were (from left) Tommy Beam, Jack Daniel Distillery; Chad Moorehead, Moore County Director of Schools; Tanya Vann, MCHS assistant principal; Thomas Fuhrman, Lynchburg Elementary School principal; Kevin Smith, Jack Daniel Distillery; Schuvaud Whitaker, Fallon Boyce, Danny Lamb and Tara Parks, all with Jack Daniel Distillery. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

With concerns of school safety being widespread following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Moore County school officials immediately began looking at ways to increase safety for students at Lynchburg Elementary School and both Moore County High School and Moore County Middle School.

One of the biggest problems the school board faced was the monstrous task of replacing the locks on the doors inside the building on the MCHS campus.

While obviously tedious, the job is expensive as well. During the March school board meeting, the board reported that Brown-Forman has stepped up to help the school with the costs of replacing the locks, which is estimated at just more than $16,000.

“It’s a tremendous asset for us to be able to go in and do this all at one time, because it will bring the entire building up a level security-wise rather than just a few classrooms at a time,” said Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead.

Before Brown-Forman came forward to assist the project, the school officials intended to install the locks in phases. While replacing the locks on each door in each corridor was the original goal, the donation will allow the school to install a more state-of-the-art security system at MCHS.

Once in place, visitors will have to be buzzed in through one of two entryways. The school system will be able to install magnetic door locks on the two main entrances to the school — the front entrance and the cafeteria doors at the back entrance.

“They (Brown-Forman) actually came to me after reading an article in the paper following a school board meeting,” added Moorehead. “We got a new quote. It was better than we thought it would be and that’s what allowed us to add on the new doors.”

During this month’s meeting the school board also heard input from the Lynchburg Jr. Pro youth basketball league and heard the director’s report on the recent air quality test taken at Lynchburg Elementary School.

For more on those two items, pick up the March 28 edition of The Moore County News. To subscribe to The News, click here.

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