Planned security improvements in Madison City Schools got a boost with a $10,000 contribution from Madison County Commissioner Steve Haraway. Among the safety enhancements at schools that don’t already have them will be a double-door entrance foyer that requires visitors to be buzzed into the second set of doors. Improved security cameras and other items are also planned.
Bids for the new entrance doors are under review, and work could begin at some schools over spring break.
Haraway, Madison’s representative on the county commission, announced the commitment at Tuesday’s Madison City Board of Education Committee meeting.
“I can’t thank Commissioner Haraway enough for all that he has done for Madison City Schools,” Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said. “He has been very supportive as a parent, booster, Madison City Council member and now as a county commissioner. When he learned that we were working on the security entrances, he called and asked how he could help make the project work and be accomplished quickly.”
Haraway’s appropriation will be combined with school system resources and $30,000 grant secured by state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison.
Security upgrades were included in the school district’s approved 2012-2013 capital. The appropriation from Holtzclaw and Haraway will help expand and accelerate those security improvements.