New security in Lewisburg schools

LEWISBURG – In light of recent school shootings–Lewisburg schools are beefing up security. Lewisburg Area Board of School Directors approved business to allow the architecture firm of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh, and Associates to redesign the entry ways of Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School, Linntown Intermediate School, and Kelly Elementary School.

Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco explained the importance of moving forward with these measures, “We believe at this time it is important to move forward, to do some of the basic renovations so that when visitors and guests come in they are coming in to a secure location.”

The new entry way come as a part of a larger effort to make Lewisburg School District a safer place says Superintendent DiRocco adding, “We are going through a multi-fazed analysis of our buildings, of all of our safety procedures.”

He went on to note recent contracts with both State police and Buffalo Valley Regional Police for increased presence in the schools. DiRocco explained how the new entry way would help security measures. He explained, “Three out of our four buildings do not have a secure entry way and we would like to redesign.”

“That is so that when you are coming into the building you are coming into an office area so there is another layer of security for the staff and the students.” He says these new entry ways are tentatively beginning construction this summer, providing a safer place for students as early as the first day of classes next fall. (Jillian Lewis)