Norfolk Public Schools has announced that a future addition is planned for Norfolk Middle School.
According to NPS Superintendent Jami Jo Thompson, the new addition will include an updated, safe and secure entrance, as well as additional classrooms to accommodate growing enrollment.
Thompson said funds from the district’s building special fund, which total about $1.5 million, are being set aside to help pay for the addition.
“We’re in the very early stages of finding an architecture firm and (in) a few weeks we’ll sit down with the director and see what it might look like,” Thompson said.
According to Thompson, NPS would renovate Norfolk Middle School‘s current offices into new classrooms. The new office area would be added in front of the building for a safer and more secure updated entrance.
At the school board meeting last week, board member Tammy Day said the entrance to Norfolk Middle School was already safe and secure. However, the entrance uses video cameras instead of face-to-face contact to verify visitors.
The new addition would allow Norfolk Middle School staff to verify visitors during an in-person interaction.
“It takes it to the next level,” Day said, “so it’s the best possible experience for staff, students and visitors.”