Ashe County Commissioners agreed to fund safety upgrades to Mountain View and Westwood Elementary Schools.

The Ashe Post and Times reports the Commissioners voted unanimously to use $66,046 dollars from the county's contingency fund for construction of “security vestibules” at both schools that will prevent direct entry into the school building at the front door, and send visitors to the school office first.

There is a similar layout at both Ashe County High School and Blue Ridge Elementary School.

According to the report, construction will begin as soon as school ends for the summer and would be completed by the next school year.

The request for the safety improvements came from both the Ashe Board of Education and the newly formed Safe Schools Committee.

According to the report, Ashe County Schools Superintendent Phyllis Yates said any monies awarded from grant applications that have been submitted would be returned to the county as repayment.