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Batesville High School opens new wing, steps up security

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Visitors may notice a few changes to the Batesville High School campus this semester, but not all of them are cosmetic.

Crews took about a year to complete upgrades to the high school worth about $5 million, which included adding a new wing onto the main building.

 "Shortly after Christmas break, we moved in and we've had classes out here," said Principal David Campbell. "The kids really love the new facility."

The facility features 15 new classrooms that house the foreign language, math and science departments in three distinct areas.

"We have 15 classrooms," Campbell said, "and that includes three state-of-the-art science labs and classroom spaces."

The district also used money to create a new common area for students and to revamp counseling and administrative offices, which are connected to the only entry into the school after 8 a.m.

"When parents come in," Campbell said, "they're directed to the secretary, and then when she finds out where they need to go, she can buzz them out to that area. Of course, they sign in [too].

"It's just another security measure," he added, "that the board and the district have put into place to better serve our students."

Limiting entry to a single door is just one part of a continued effort to step up security at the school.

"Of course our district is even looking at further measures that we can do in the future to have a safer campus," Campbell said.

The district is planning a few more upgrades to safety and security for its various campuses, but the proposed changes all hinge upon voters approving a millage increase on April 9.

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