1442 new door locks and hardware to be installed.
Phase 1 Complete - New door locks now installed at Jewett, Sams Valley, Patrick, Scenic, and Hanby, keeping students and staff safer.
When the schools in Central Point were initially built, the only way to lock classroom doors, was from the outside using a key. These locks were used as a way to keep the “valuables” of each classroom secure. Today, when people think about school security no one is worrying about securing pens and computers, but rather, about keeping students and staff secure.
Over the summer and into the fall, the Central Point School District worked with local Medford companies Bell Hardware (Hardware Design and Installation) and Aladdin Hardware (Locks and Keying) to install new handles, locks, and other security improvements on doors at Jewett Elementary, Sams Valley Elementary, Patrick Elementary, Scenic Middle School and Hanby Middle School.
The work to replace school hardware will be done in two phases. Phase 1, now complete, included Jewett Elementary, Sams Valley Elementary, Patrick Elementary, Scenic Middle School, and Hanby Middle School. Phase 2, to be completed in the summer of 2021at Central Point Elementary, Mae Richardson Elementary, and Crater High School. In all, 1442 new door locks and hardware will be installed by end of the project.
This investment in improved door locks and increased campus security reflects the continued priority that Central Point School District places on student and staff safety. The need to prioritize safety and security at every school was a motivator for the district to pursue an $82 million school bond in 2019. The completion of these new locks represents a huge impact on improved safety at Central Point, Sams Valley and Gold Hill schools.
"I'm so happy that our community is willing to support safety updates in our buildings,” said Christine Beck, Principal of Patrick Elementary. “Knowing that every classroom can quickly be secured makes it easier for our teachers to focus on teaching and less about how they would secure their doors in an emergency.”
Beyond making classrooms more secure, the new locks are also ADA compliant, easily re-keyed and can be integrated into future and ongoing security improvements.
- Phase 1 complete at Jewett, Sams Valley, Patrick, Scenic and Hanby
- Phase 2 is under way at CPE, Mae Richardson and Crater
- Phase 3 summer 2021: replacement of select doors which are worn out and not repairable.