“All of the projects will be completed by August 1” Director of Schools, Dr. Mischelle Simcox
By Jill Penley
With work on schedule and the deadline looming, the end is now in sight for school construction and renovation projects going on in Johnson County.“We have several projects going on this summer,” said Dr. Mischelle Simcox, Director of Schools, “and all of the projects will be completed by August 1.”
In addition to painting, waxing floors and general cleaning to spruce up each of the county’s five elementary schools, the middle school, the high school and the Career and Technical Education building, there are maintenance crews continuing to mow and landscape at each location.
One of the more extensive projects is nearing completion at the Johnson County Middle School. “We are enclosing our computer labs at the middle school,” said Simcox, “to make them more private when testing is occurring. ”
According to Simcox, Laurel Elementary is in the process of getting a brand-new roof and a foyer is being constructed at Doe Elementary as an additional layer of security. Many school safety administrators are looking to enhance how people, goods and services enter their facilities and adding a foyer, which creates a secure entrance, can prevent unauthorized entry. Without properly screening visitors, schools are at risk of allowing people into their buildings who pose a threat to staff and students.