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School security improvement talks that originated among Spencer County Board of Education members following December’s tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings are starting to yield some results.
Board members voted at the May 20 meeting to purchase wireless audio/video buzzer entry systems like the one at Spencer County Elementary School for the preschool, Taylorsville Elementary, the middle school and high school. The SCES system requires entrants to buzz in and be viewed before building access is granted.
The original estimate from Interstate Security Systems was $8,423, however, that figure is likely to increase because board members wanted both the middle and high school to have an advanced system that included a seven-day programmable timer and network controlled relay. The original proposal included the advanced system for the high school only. Board members agreed the middle school is used just as much if not more than the high school for after hours functions.
District Director of Operations Brett Beaverson said the systems would be a major improvement over what the district has now and that they could help eliminate access issues at the middle and high school.
Superintendent Chuck Adams said there has been an issue of locked doors being propped open after hours.
“Our solution would be to have some sort of access code to keep the door from being propped,” Beaverson said.
The middle and high school systems would include a seven-day programmable timer and network controlled relay through a network and/or a smartphone. Beaverson said administrators could use smartphones and/or the network system to monitor who accessed the buildings at certain times.
The board unanimously approved the proposal with the stipulation that the middle school’s system be the same as the high school if the cost is the same. The estimated cost for the high school’s system is $2,579.