If you go to Macon R-1 Schools during normal school hours you may notice something different, locked doors.
A secured entry system is now in place at the main entrance of all four district buildings.
A double door entry has been used since 2009 in the middle school where visitors must stop at the office window and speak with the secretary before a second set of doors are unlocked for admittance.
Now, the entrance to the elementary school, high school and career center are locked also.
“The safety and security of our students and staff remain a top priority for Macon R-I,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Stockton. “As part of our recent community input process, parents, staff, and community members affirmed our commitment to safety and security. The recent installation and implementation of secured entrances is intended to honor our commitments and respond to the input of parents, staff and community when united in their vision for Macon R-I.”
Visitors will press a button on the intercom that is in place near the main entrance of the elementary school, high school and career center. A sign instructs the visitor to look up at a camera which is hooked up to a monitor in the respective building’s office. If the person is not readily recognized by the secretary she will ask the visitor to identify themselves. Once identity has been verified the door will be unlocked for entry.
“We still have a few bugs to work out, but we are getting used to it,” said high
school secretary Sandra Boling. “People know that our kids are being protected, we haven’t heard any complaints.”
New permanent instruction signs have been ordered and are expected to arrive sometime this week, according to Director of Operations Marshall Gingrich.
“The new system has cut down on some of the traffic into the school,” he said. “It is just going to be a matter of getting people trained and into a new routine.”