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Bowling Green High School has more secure entrance going into new year

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The 2014-15 school year begins Aug. 20 for Bowling Green students, and there are some big changes coming to the high school.

School leaders say the high school is safer now thanks to a new entrance system and a security camera to monitor who comes and goes.

"People will have to be buzzed in to go inside the office, and the door in the foyer will be locked so the only access to the building is through the office," explained Superintendent Ann McVey.

There will also be some new faces in several classrooms: 22 new teachers have been hired, mostly as a result of retirements.

"We had a very veteran staff and we're just seeing that turnover," McVey said.

Some changes are coming to the academics, too.

The middle school is taking on a new STEM program to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math. High school students will have the option of enrolling in Bobcat Academy, an online tutoring program to help them with lessons, and the math curriculum will have less reliance on textbooks and be more focused on online learning.

"Not only will our students be able to access information when they're outside of the building, but parents will assist their children with homework," said McVey.

Superintendent McVey says with an average enrollment of about 3,000 students, the district is big enough to offer broad programming and small enough to know individual students and their families, and that they will continue to share and communicate with families into the new school year.

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