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.