Marietta board takes steps that will protect students

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, many local education officials have said they want to step up discussions about ways to increase security at their facilities.

And this week the Marietta district took action, voting to move forward with a project even though it could be costly.

The board of education approved seeking bids for a construction project that would build a walkway from the main Marietta High School building to the gym and auditorium and an addition for extra classrooms. That would mean students would no longer have to walk to the administration building for some classes.

The goal is to create an environment where students are in enclosed space all day, meaning doors would no longer have to be kept unlocked to allow them to travel back and forth.

We know that financially the construction won’t be easy to accomplish but we’re happy to see that a district is considering going forward anyway, knowing how important it is to create a safe environment for students and staff.

Discussions of the project began before the Newtown shooting but the events there have added an increased sense of urgency.

While debates rage on about whether there should be armed guards or armed teachers in schools, we applaud the Marietta board for moving forward on a practical measure that we’re sure will only decrease risk to those at the high school.

We know all our area districts are working on measures big and small to create safer school environments and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish.