Bay District Schools loses millions of dollars in security enhancements

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael caused millions of dollars in damage to Bay District Schools' security upgrades.

Before the storm, the district was in the process of installing new fencing and controlled access point front office spaces.

The district reportedly lost more than $15 million on security enhancements, which have been a high priority even before the Parkland shooting.

Lee Walters, the Director of Facilities for Bay District Schools, said fencing took the biggest hit, but Bay District Schools didn't have to face the damage alone.

"We've had our in-house maintenance teams working on fencing for us. We were also fortunate to have maintenance departments from other counties throughout Florida, came in and helped us a week or two after the storm," Walters said.

Walters said the district doesn't want to let the storm slow it down.

Arnold High School's controlled access point front office will be near completion when students return next Monday.