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Letcher school board will meet to consider whether to install security doors

The Letcher County Board of Education will decide tonight whether to issue revenue bonds to install security doors at all county schools.

The special called meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Lindell Smith Conference Room at the county school bus garage.

Superintendent Denise Yonts said Elliott Contracting of Pikeville was the only bidder on the project, which will cost about $330,000. The board has the capacity to issue up to $750,000 in bonds, Yonts said.

The doors will be similar to those at Letcher County Central High School. Visitors have to ring a bell to enter and then can only enter into a vestibule. They then have to go into the office before they can get into the interior of the building where classrooms and assembly areas are located.

The doors are intended to slow down or stop anyone intending to get inside the building to harm students.

There are seven school buildings in the county that will be retrofitted under the bid.

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