MARYVILLE (WATE) - Maryville students return to school Wednesday. When they arrive, some students will see a change in security.
"One of the major changes at Maryville Junior High School will be the addition of a secure entry, where any visitor who comes to the school will be required to go through the office to enter the building at all," said Maryville City Schools Director of Communications Sharon Anglim.
The security project at the junior high was not simple. It took all summer to move doors and tear down walls.
"We did that all while we were replacing all the HVAC and replacing the roof on the school, so it's been a huge construction project," said Anglim.
The junior high is the third school in the system with a secure entry. School officials plan to construct a similar entry in all seven schools.
Anglim says Maryville High School will be next to get a secure entry. Construction there will begin next summer.
Staff members at the junior high say they are happy with the security upgrades.
"I do feel the front office security system is more advanced and better for our school system," said Assistant Principal Alan Fair. "We've changed some windows around our front entrance where our front office secretary can have greater visibility."
"We hope to continue to offer greater security and safety for our staff and our students," said Anglim.
All of the schools in Maryville already have security cameras and push buttons at their entrances.