BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Blue Springs Schools are safer now than ever before, according to administrators after a summer long $20 million renovation project. Back in April, voters approved a $20 million bond issue so the district could make serious changes to improve security.
Inside Delta Woods Middle School there's a new look, entry way and front office. Principal Steve Cook said the districts had these plans in place before the Sandy Hook shootings, but realized after that, it was time to speed up the process.
"Certainly the tragedies that we saw recently helped us make the decision to do this quicker than we originally planned," said Cook.
Now the Delta Woods main office is at the front of the building and not in the middle. The front door isn't next to cafeteria, instead a long L shaped hallway leading to the new office. Reconfiguring the halls now limits visibility of students from the outside.
The office windows are made out of fortified glass and the new door systems allows for a safer flow of visitor traffic.
"They actually will go through another set of doors on the outside of the reception area where they can into the hallways," said Cook.
Visitors will still have to be buzzed in and have their ID checked upon entry.
The upgrades took place at seven elementary schools, all four middle schools and the freshmen campus.