July 7 2015

Work on School Safety Project Underway

By: Rich Hosford

Work is underway on a project aimed at making Burlington High School a safer place for both students and faculty. 

The front entrance is being redone to ensure that anyone coming into the school must go to the front office. The entrance is being swung around so that there will be a clear line of sight from the office to anyone coming into the building. 

Superintendent Eric Conti said the project will put Burlington High in line with what is now a standard in school building design.  


“I think if you look at how schools were built in the 1970s as opposed to how they’re built now, with Memorial Elementary as an example, the front entrances are clearly demarked and have what is called a secure vestibule,” he said. “The new entrance will have two sets of doors and will funnel people into an office area where they have to check in and be identified.” 

“With the previous design we felt that people could walk in and gain access to anywhere in the building once they were buzzed in,” he continued.  

The project is part of a push by the governor to ensure that schools across the state are more secure. The $284,855 to fund the project was approved by Town Meeting this past spring. 

The new entrance is boarded up as work ends for the day



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