WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School has a new look — one designed to be more safe. The main entrance during school hours has been changed, so it can be closely monitored and the school’s different offices have been combined.
For the first day of school on Wednesday, West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School unveiled a new office area. Principal Ron Shriner said the original building was just meant to be a high school. Over the years, it’s been modified to be a junior and senior high school, with offices for each school in different corners of the building. In the past few months, that’s all changed.
“We were at a point where we felt it made sense it was efficient to combine junior and senior high school administration, counseling, health services, special needs services, conference rooms and that sort of thing,” said Shriner.
He said the new office space is secondary to a more secure building.
“From all the recommendations we’ve had from the Safe School Specialist Training that the administrators attend, to identify a secure entrance for the school day. It’s becoming more and more common in schools,” said Shriner.
The main entrance during school hours has been moved to a different set of doors, known as many as the flag pole entrance on the northeast corner of the building. Anybody coming in during school hours will have to talk to a security officer or get buzzed in by office staff. Shriner said the renovations totaled somewhere under a million dollars. He said it will only make for a safer environment if everyone plays their part.
“The everyday people, the students and staff, we’re asking them to help us and not use doors that are locked and not let somebody in a door that’s intended to be locked. That would defeat the purpose of what we’re trying to do.”
School board members were able to take a tour of the renovations Wednesday night. That’s also when six teachers and staff members who are retiring were honored for their years at West Lafayette.