Old school, new security

Springfield South HS becomes STEM school. (WDTN Photo)
Springfield South HS becomes STEM school. (WDTN Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – It is one of Springfield’s most recognizable buildings. The former South High School is getting ready to open its doors to the public for the first time.

It is now home to a STEM school for students studying science, technology, engineering and math.

Repurposing the old school means new security features.

Enter David Lyle, the coordinator of safety and security for the Springfield City School District.

“I have a little bit different perspective than the people who normally deal with these things,” said Lyle.

Lyle was a Springfield police officer. He is using his law enforcement background to design a state-of-the-art security system. The design team is even looking into the surrounding environment to deter crime.

“What shrubbery we may put around the building. We don’t want to block windows. We want visibility.”

Visibility marked even by the position of the receptionist desk with a clear view of the front door and parking lot.

Lyle says the security system will allow for the building to be locked down if a situation arises.

“Safety constantly evolves as well. And that’s what we have to do. Evolve constantly.”

He tells us the security features are a foundation to be built on for the future and hopefully helps security down the road.

“To have an infrastructure or base to work off of and have everything in place, absolutely, I want my job to be as boring as possible.”

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