Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

By the Rev. Adam Greene

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

By the Rev. Adam Greene

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Byline: With the goal of adding another layer of safety and security to our campus, Episcopal School of Jacksonville is currently working to create a better planned school entrance to its Munnerlyn Campus on Atlantic Boulevard. A new entrance was one of many impr

The school has made the decision to upgrade our

current entrance to include a security booth with security personnel present. Episcopal has been advised by numerous experts that this planned entrance would provide an improvement in tangible security as well as a deterrent based on an increased security presence.

The new guard house will also provide an additional point of welcome to the campus. This upgrade will have no impact on the number of vehicles entering or leaving the campus. The guard house will not be gated, but will provide a noticeable check-in point for all visitors to the school's campus. Most importantly, according to the survey on file with the city of Jacksonville, the security house is located on school property.

The new guard house has been purposely designed to be a stopping point for those heading down Munnerlyn Drive or St. Elmo Drive. This small structure is not intended to render the campus impermeable, but to provide an additional layer of security on top of many other existing procedures in place for the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Residents and visitors heading down St. Elmo will be able to do so without inconvenience, as they will have a separate access lane. Live Oak Lane, a city street that is not part of Episcopal's entryway, will continue to provide an additional access road into the neighborhood from Atlantic Boulevard.

The school is a nonprofit organization founded by the Vestry of St. John's Cathedral and is reliant on generous donors to improve its campus and support its mission. We are deeply grateful to the donors who have given the school the funding to improve the entrance from a safety and landscaping perspective. …

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