School board never discussed bulletproof doors

School board never discussed bulletproof doors
June 29 09:40 2018 Print This Article

Charleston County School Board Chairwoman Kate Darby and Vice Chair Eric Mack called a press conference Thursday to discuss the installation of bulletproof classroom doors in three Charleston County schools. Lowcountry Source has learned that the matter was never discussed by the full school board. Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait and Security Director Michael Reidenbach were not in attendance.

The doors are being manufactured by R2P Innovations in Goose Creek. The installation of at least one classroom doors in three undisclosed schools will not be charged to the school district. The manufacturer estimates that the installation of the $4000 doors in each school district classroom would cost $2.6 Million per year over 15 years, for a total of $39 Million.

There is no money in the budget for the 2018-2019 school year to install the doors. The budget does include an additional $2.3 Million from the previous school year for more school resource officers and a district search team, which would contact random searches for weapons and other contraband in schools throughout the district. Additional resources have also been allocated for mental health counseling. More than 1300 students received mental health services during the 2017-2018 school year.