Charleston Schools Hope to Improve Buildings

Published 03/21 2012 06:18PM

Updated 03/21 2012 06:27PM

The Charleston School District is hoping to use up to a million dollars to make changes to its facilities.
"If it will help us increase our security and keep our kids safe, then you can't put a price on that.," says the Superintendent Jim Littleford who wants to make repairs and tighten security at the high school. Wednesday night the school board could sign off on the plan.
Littleford showed us the records room at the district office where there's a big hole in the roof that leaks.
Student's records and important documents have to be covered in plastic. Littleford says the roof on this building and at the high school are decades old, and if they aren't replaced soon the problems could get bigger.
Security is a concern too and the district hopes to put cameras around the high school.
All changes he says are what's best for students.
"People that come into our building are looking up because there's holes in the roof, where the ceiling tiles are down, its very important for the learning environment for our students," says Littleford.
Other security measures are outside lighting, magnetic door locks, and making one high school entrance.
Those are especially important after the school was put on lock down last month.
A student called police after saying they saw someone inside the school with a gun.
There's not a total of how much these improvements will cost, however they have a little less than a million dollars set aside for things like this.
At Wednesday night's meeting they hope the board will approve using those funds.

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