Security plans in place for new Phenix City Schools additions

Ms. Cannon teaches her Kindergartners the alphabet.
Ms. Cannon teaches her Kindergartners the alphabet.

Students in Muscogee County and Phenix City headed back to the classroom Monday with a few more changes this year.

Phenix City Schools are acting to deal with those added changes by implementing increased security.

 

Phenix City School officials say the first day of school was not hectic at all. Instead, Superintendent Randy Wilkes said the day flowed smoothly overall with very few hiccups.

News additions for students this year include take-home iPads for middle schoolers, as well as new renovations to Sherwood Elementary. Principal Jeremy Suchman says the renovations make it easier to handle the 500 students packing the halls of the school.

Sherwood Elementary Principal Jeremy Suchman believes Sherwood Elementary is on the safe side.
Sherwood Elementary Principal Jeremy Suchman believes Sherwood Elementary is on the safe side.

“We have 32 cameras on campus,” Suchman said. “They’re live so we can go and see. The police are able to get to them.”

Suchman touted the new building, which houses four classrooms,a new gym which will be used for music and arts classes, and more elbow room for students and teachers. He said Sherwood has 30 more students this year compared to last year.

Some fourth graders learn problem solving in one of Sherwood's new classrooms.
Some fourth graders learn problem solving in one of Sherwood’s new classrooms.

“We used to have [students] outside on the porch. Now that they’re going to be inside, they’ll be released as they’re called. It’s real nice. They’ll be out of the weather, and this facility will allow us to do that,” Suchman said.

Sherwood’s principal says the nearly $2 million in changes also allowed them to replace old windows and construct a road to ease traffic congestion.

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