SOUTHWEST HARBOR — After more than a year of delays, a security system is being installed in the main entrance of the Pemetic Elementary School.
Principal Dianne Helprin said she expects the project to be completed this week. The delay, she explained, was no fault of school and town officials.
“Nobody’s been dragging their feet,” she said.
Instead, there initially were issues surrounding the type of doors installed at the entrance. Advising the school on the matter was Southwest Harbor Police Chief Dave Chapais.
“The doors weren’t what Dave envisioned,” Helprin said.
Finally, the correct doors were installed. The supplier, EBS Building Supplies, has credited the school with $1,045 as a result of the misunderstanding. That money and another $2,800 from the school’s maintenance budget will go to pay the $3,845 cost of the security system, Helprin said.
Once the system is installed, the front doors will be locked. Other entrances to the school have been locked all along, Helprin said.
Two school secretaries and Helprin will monitor the video feed from the entrance and remotely allow visitors to enter the building, where they will sign in. Staff will be made aware of the protocol for admitting visitors.
Helprin said student safety isn’t the only reason the system is being installed. Many times a parent will show up and walk unnoticed to their child’s classroom to deliver a needed item.
“This will decrease disruption to class time,” Helprin said.