Carroll County Board of Education Approves Safety Project
Sep 06 2018
At a called board meeting on Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Carroll County Board of Education voted to invest $1,026,311 for safety enhancements throughout the district. The funds will be used for additional access controlled doors, as well as the hardening of all school campuses. As a part of the project an additional Shield System will be installed at Mount Zion High School.
Carroll County School System will partner with Security Solutions, a locally-owned business, to begin the project immediately. The scope of work is planned for completion in the Spring of 2019.
Board Chairman, Bart Cater, stated “The board and Superintendent have worked as a team to keep safety at the forefront of our efforts to provide premier schools. We are always looking for opportunities to make our campuses as safe as possible, and this project is the next step in continuing to move forward.”
“We are grateful that the board continues to invest in the safety of our staff and students. Their support of this project will further enhance the safety measures we already have in place. Our commitment is to continue to be a state leader in providing safe learning environments in our schools,” said Scott Cowart, Superintendent of Carroll County Schools.
The work for this project continues a concerted effort from the district to focus on safety in all Carroll County schools. In 2011, Carroll County School System was the first district in Georgia to implement a Safety Summit to align policies and procedures with school administrators and first responders. Last year, state-of-the-art cameras were installed on all school campuses, and the district recently hired a Security Coordinator to provide ongoing training for staff, as well as to coordinate the implementation of additional safety measures. Carroll County School System is currently partnering with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) to conduct an audit of each school site and make recommendations for further improvements.