DANVILLE — Stricter security measures will be in effect when school starts in Danville this month. The school board on Monday agreed it was important to use the doors in the elementary/junior high building as they were designed to be used.
All doors will be locked after 8 a.m., and visitors will need to be buzzed in at the main entrance after that time. At dismissal time, rather than parents meeting children inside the building, teachers will escort students outside to be dismissed. Principal Tara Stringfellow-Bond said that will allow for greater visibility and better supervision.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the board accepted a $5,000 Energy Cooperative Roundup Grant to be used for the installation of a rubber track. Treasurer Mary Payne told the News the grant, combined with a substantial gift from The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, will be a big help toward the track’s construction, but the district has to raise the rest of the money. She said private donations are welcome and can be made to the school or to the Danville Athletic Boosters. Bids for the project were scheduled to be opened on Wednesday. No details were available at press time.
Concerning finances, Payne reported revenues from all sources, including state funds and income tax monies, are coming in less than this same time last year. She said the district is always careful about how funds are spent, but now “has to really, really watch expenditures.”