STUDENT SAFETY ISSUES AT HOMESTEAD ELEMENTARY ADDRESSED AT MEETING

Safety concerns are mounting at Homestead Elementary School because of the multiple classrooms being so spread out and the open walkways where students and faculty have to travel on between those classrooms during the day.

At one time, the layout of the Homestead School’s architecture was considered one of the most appealing schools in the county.

Cumberland County Commissioners met with Director of Schools William Stepp and Sheriff Casey Cox last Wednesday for a presentation addressing safety concerns at Homestead Elementary School.

For a short-term recommendation, Stepp is recommending all playground equipment and activity areas be moved to the rear of the school, behind buildings and the installation of a

6-foot fence around the rear perimeter of the school’s property all the way around up to the front drive.

A long-term recommendation is the construction of a 20-room new addition on the rear of the school being connected through the current cafeteria.

Homestead Elementary is a very historic and unique school built in the 1930’s during the construction of the “New Deal” era of the Homestead Project under the FDR administration. Only in the past few years has the school been deemed dangerous because of its open and separate classrooms connected by breezeways. The school system is working to ‘enclose’ students to try and prevent someone from having access to students for possible harm purposes – such as recent numerous school shootings

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