A popular entryway on the north side of Carmel High School will soon be reconfigured to improve student safety.
The Carmel Clay Schools board of trustees on April 22 unanimously approved a bid of $1.05 million from JBM Contractors to create a more secure entrance at door 21 near the swimming pool. The funds will also cover replacement of the main cafeteria cooler and freezer. The projects are funded through general obligation bonds approved in November 2018.
The renovations will include a ticketing counter in the vestibule and space for a school resource officer to help provide security.
“This way the school can have a way to pass out tickets and sell tickets without the patrons having to enter the building,” CCS Associate Supt. Roger McMichael said. “They’ll only get as far as that vestibule.”
The project is expected to begin June 1 and wrap up after students return in the fall.
CCS Supt. Michael Beresford said reconfiguring the entryway was among the district’s top two security initiatives. The other is a new crosswalk for students to use when walking from the football stadium to CHS, a City of Carmel project now under way as the city makes improvements along 136th Street.