BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – In just five months, Creek Safe, Inc. has raised over $50,000 to add a safety feature to every Beavercreek elementary classroom, but organizers say their work is far from over.
The $52,000 will cover cost and installation of barricaded locks on every classroom door at the six elementary schools.
Beavercreek Schools superintendent, Paul Otten, said security is always a top priority, so this community involvement means a lot given the recent failure of the school levy.
“We were installing them in some of our other classrooms that we might have kids that are not as mobile to get out, so we did a lot of research and this lock seemed to be the best one that fit us,” said Otten.
But three of the four Creek Safe, Inc. officers said now that the first check has been written, the second phase begins.
“The two middle schools, the ninth grade building and the high school, we need 380 locks,” said Creek Safe president, Chris Beck. “So the total estimated price of purchasing the locks and installing is going to be about $70,000.”
There are 4,229 upper level students, which averages less than $20 per kid.
But Creek Safe organizers said this extra security option is priceless.
“These situations, when they occur in school, they happen so fast, so these locks insure that our law enforcement can get there and hopefully insure that there’s more time that our kids stay safeguarded in their classroom versus being vulnerable to something like this,” said Meghan Morgan, Creek Safe secretary.
They said they would love if all classrooms could have the locks installed by the beginning of next school year, but will continue fundraising for however long is needed until their goal is met.
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