PICKENS COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County is eager for the return of students for the 2013 school year, and parents will be welcomed by some changes at Pickens County schools, especially in the realm of security.
The front entrance of each school will be equipped with an intercom system. During the school day and after school office hours, visitors will be asked to speak to the receptionist through the intercom before being allowed inside the office. This change is an added layer of security that allows the office staff more time to respond if an intruder tries to enter the school.
The schools will also be equipped with security cameras so receptionists can see who they are about to allow in the building. All but four schools already have the intercoms installed to begin the school year, and the new technology has been purchased and will be installed as soon as possible at the four remaining schools—A.R. Lewis, Holly Springs, Ambler Elementary and Pickens Elementary.
“While we understand that the intercoms will be an added stop for parents visiting our schools, we appreciate their patience and understanding as we maintain the safety of our children,” said Dr. Kelly Pew, superintendent.
Also, two schools will enjoy starting the school year in new surroundings. Pickens Middle School and Gettys Middle School have both moved into freshly renovated high school campuses. The renovations at Pickens Middle are complete, while Gettys Middle School will undergo Phase 2 of the renovation process during the school year.
“Our staff and parents are excited about the new campuses,” Pew said. “They are looking forward to additional space, new technology and added security features.”