The Red Lion Area School District is continuing a process to make the entrances at three schools more secure, with a goal to complete the installation of security vestibules by mid-August.

The project will take place at Clearview, Windsor Manor and North Hopewell-Winterstown elementary schools, said business manager Terry Robinson.

The other district buildings already require visitors to enter the school directly through the main office. But the three elementary schools need an upgrade to the same standard.

"When you walk in the front door, you can walk in and have complete access to the building," Robinson said.

The project, headed by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, will add security vestibules to the entrances in each of the three schools and rearrange the main office spaces so visitors enter the office and then are admitted into the rest of the building.

Sealed bids for the project will be opened Thursday, Feb. 13, and the board will vote to approve a contract at its Feb. 20 meeting, Robinson said.

Early estimates indicate the project will cost about $650,000.

Robinson said the project won't affect taxes or next year's budget.

The refinancing of a bond issue in October yielded $550,000 in savings for the district's debt service this year.

The finalization of that refinancing in January led to another $300,000 in savings.

Robinson said informal talks with the board have indicated those savings will fund the project.

- Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.