Lufkin ISD school officials explain security issues with middle school

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

At Lufkin Middle School, you could possibly enter the campus by the band hall, the cafeteria, the boy's football field, and many other entrances.

This creates open access to 1,700 students.
"I've got students that walk about a city block from one end of the campus to the other," Jesus Gomez, Lufkin Middle School's principal.

Right now, active monitoring happens during transition times, but with a new middle school, students will be in one building.

"Everything will practically be under one roof," Scott Skelton, the president of the Lufkin ISD School Board. "We will be able to monitor all of the doors with the sophisticated cameras that we have today."

There are separate buildings on the middle school campus.

That's 75 acres to secure and more to worry about when the weather is bad.

"You know in the event we have to relocate for a tornado or a severe weather event, we're having to move some of our children out into the weather to get them into a safer building," Gomez said. "Some of these are children that are in wheelchairs and children that have special needs."

Even getting students to the nurse's office is a task because it's located at the back of campus.

"That's hazardous itself and a challenge when we have a student that has a severe health issue or need at the time," Gomez said.

Along with safety and security changes, officials said the electricity bill for the 64-year-old school costs $560,000 a year which is almost $50,000 a month.

"So we could save $225,000 off the bat per year in just cost," Skelton said.

However, that's only if the bond election passes.

"If you have any questions, doubts or want to see it for yourself please call us and come up here," Gomez said.

Early voting starts on April 23, 2018 and ends on May 1, 2018.

Normal Election Day voting is May 5, 2018.

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