Students line up outside Ada School in anticipation of the official opening of the first day of the 2014-2015 school year. A new security system is in place at the school’s entrance. (Ada Herald/Megan Watson)
Students line up outside Ada School in anticipation of the official opening of the first day of the 2014-2015 school year. A new security system is in place at the school’s entrance. (Ada Herald/Megan Watson)
ADA — On Monday, Aug. 18, a new school year began for all Ada Bulldogs. Students lined up at the entrance to the K-12 school building, excitedly waiting for the doors to open. Parents hugged children of all ages and wished them well, waiving as their not-so-little babies took the next step down the road to adulthood. Many firsts were celebrated: the first day of kindergarten, the first day with a new teacher, the first day of high school and the first day with a new friend.

In addition, this was the first time students passed through the new security doors. House Bill 59 authorized the Ohio School Facilities Commission to administer the School Security Grant Program which is intended to address the specific needs of first responder communication and secured building access. The grant paid for the installation of buzzer controlled doors at the entrance of both the elementary and high school offices. Both offices now have an electronic entry system that unlocks the door for visitors that the secretary recognizes or approves. When needed, visitors can give their name and reason for coming to the secretary via an intercom.

While it is an adjustment for everyone, it will bring added safety to the school. It is always the goal to keep students as protected as possible and the new doors will act as a first line of defense. When you visit the school this year, be sure to remain patient as the staff get used to the new system.