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Jefferson Elementary School Office Remodeled
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Jefferson Elementary is the first school in the Jerome School District to implement safety measures this year. And it comes because of tragedies like those that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary and Columbine.
It's just the first step in a list of much needed projects, all designed to create safer schools. Safety is taking center stage in Jerome. That's why Jefferson Elementary School got a makeover this summer.
The first major change is the office is now located at the front of the school just inside the front door. Along with that, two safety doors were installed that require visitors to check in before they enter the school.
Sherri Johns, Principal at Jefferson Elementary, says, "I was the safest person in this building. I was in the very middle of the building, and my office was probably the hardest one to find. And now we're the first place you see."
Rhiley Riggins is almost five years old, and just started kindergarten at the school. His grandma is especially impressed with the new front office location.
Rhiley's grandma Lois Brand says, "It's great for the kids. That means they're looking out for them, and they' taking care of everything, especially in the summertime, it was ready when we got here. It's great, it's nice."
The $120,000 project was paid for with plant facility money, and now the committee is considering remodeling Jerome High School as well.
Jerome School District Superintendent Dale Layne says, "We're looking at adding some classrooms there. Because of where we have to move the office to, we'll end up doing some things with the cafeteria and kitchen. If we go that direction, it's going to be a pretty extensive remodel and addition over at the high school."
It's an upgrade with a much larger price tag than Jefferson Elementary School, but It's not clear when the school district plans to move ahead on that project.
September 13, 2013.