School addition taking shape

The Ogden Reporter got a sneak peek inside the new middle school addition. The view is from the new front entrance area looking northwest towards the sixth through eighth grade classrooms. Windows wrapping around the elevated roof will provide some nice natural lighting. -Ogden Reporter photo by Kathy Pierce

Maneuvering the halls of Ogden High School has been a challenge lately, one the students don’t really seem to mind, though. Most recently, arrows and signs direct them through the back doors and across the auditorium stage as the auditorium undergoes a face lift and expansion. A new front office/ foyer and middle school addition are part of the facilities project that will merge the school district from three campuses to two.

Security measures will be tightened up next year as the new remodel will allow the front office area to be the main point of access, and a point of control. The facilities will also be moving to key card access.

“Parameters for school safety have changed drastically over the last few years,” said Supt. Pam Dodge. “During the 2018-19 school year, the Iowa Department of Education is supporting Iowa school districts with training and the development of highquality emergency operations plans. New legislation requires all school districts to file their plans with the state by June 2019 and the plans must include (but not limited to) responses to active shooter scenarios and natural disasters.”

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