School at Center of Lockdown Gets Upgraded Security Equipment

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
merrill school upgrades

Upgrades at Merrill Middle School in Des Moines (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Nearly $2 million in renovation work is complete at Merrill Middle School in Des Moines.

The work includes three new classrooms and a new elevator.

However, the biggest focus was security.

Those upgrades include new locks, cameras, and an enclosed entrance that requires staff to buzz-in visitors.

The improvements were in part because of a high profile incident last year.

Police say Ryan Collier, 35, claimed to have a gun while in the school office last October.

Merrill and several other schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Collier was arrested a short time later after fleeing the school when police were called.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.