In a move to address concerns brought to a head at a school security presentation last week, Superintendent Mike Graner will pitch a middle school construction project at tonight's Board of Education meeting that would address a major security issue at Ledyard Middle School.
The school, which was built in the early 1970s, contains clustered, open classrooms with no interior walls. This layout precludes a secure lockdown procedure and gives an intruder access to about 80 percent of the student body with no walls or doors in the way, Graner said.
While a renovation plan that has been in the works for the past year would include constructing traditional four-walled classrooms in the clusters' place, that plan still needs to be finalized and then sent to a referendum for taxpayer approval. From there, it could take a year for legislative approval and three or four more to complete.
But at last week's meeting, it became clear that parents are concerned with what Graner called "a huge security flaw," which Graner has decided to address with a stopgap measure. The plan would close off the five classroom clusters with walls and doors, which would fill in gaps between the lines of lockers that divide the clusters along the hallway.