LEE COUNTY

There are concerns about safety and security at the temporary site Franklin Park Elementary School in Lee County on Bolotny Prospect. Parents and staff said they were concerned about doors that wouldn’t lock and alarm systems that didn’t work.

WINK News referred the claims to Debbie Jordan, a member of the Lee County School Board whose district it serves.

While most of the complaints focus on the exterior of the campus that is under construction. The most serious complaint is that silent alarms did not work, as required by law.

A WINK News drone view of Franklin Park Elementary’s temporary site. CREDIT: WINK News

Tuesday afternoon, the school district said the alarm was activated. Necessary locks have been installed on all doors, air filters have been replaced, and roof repairs have been made.

Jordan said construction crews have been working hard to fix all the problems.

“We have a team of people from the area, our service, and we have a person who oversees it all. So we have people taking care of the hit list. if you will, as if you are building a new house, you know what needs to be fixed. So they take those lists and they go down the list and take care of it,” Jordan said.

Lee County Schools pledged to reopen Franklin Park Elementary in 2018 when taxpayers approved a half-cent sales tax. All but one classroom building and the gymnasium will be demolished.

The opening of the new school is planned for August 2024.

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