As Belleville students began the third week of the school year, one major change has started smoothly while one summer project not finished for the first day of school is nearing completion.
Officials said no major problems have been reported with the first year having sixth-graders attend the middle school.
Before this September, all the elementary schools housed students from Kindergarten through grade six.
One summer improvement projects not completed for day one of school was installing new lockers at the middle school because of a problem with the vendor in charge of the lockers, officials said.
The school board invested more than $2 million to improve school security and most improvements were done before school started Sept. 5.
A press release stated that the district is finishing “a multifaceted approach to school security, from armed safety officers to geographically, or geo-tracking, radio frequency identification technology, which uses radio waves to track objects, and more.”
“Immediately following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the district hired a director of school security (former mayor and police captain Bill Escott), and within five weeks had armed retired law enforcement officers placed in each of its nine school buildings," the press release continues.
The district is installing a state-of-the-art network security and surveillance system with almost 1,000 cameras all over the district that can track people and also has new electronic access control at all entry points throughout the buildings, states the release.
A special security company completed a comprehensive audit of all the schools earlier this year and recommended improvements to security measures, including video cameras, phone systems, and door locks, school officials said.
This change came just weeks after the school board hired Escott as school security director.
Clarity Technologies Group, LLC of Mine Hill is engineering and installing the new technology, officials said.
All the board members have said they support