Texas School District Plans $12M Access Control Upgrade

The upgrade would include front entrance renovations to improve visitor management and lockdown capabilities.
Published: October 25, 2016

A school district in eastern Texas has proposed a set of access control improvements at each of its 23 campuses.

Board members with the Pearland Independent School District issued a bond proposal recently that would give each school a secure front entrance featuring bullet resistant glass, among other security measures.

The security upgrades are part of a $220 million proposal that will be voted on by the community Nov. 8. Approximately $12.1 million of that proposal would go toward school security upgrades, reports chron.com.

The security upgrades will come in the form of front entrance renovations that would average roughly $525,000 per campus.

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The renovations would put security vestibules at every school that would be locked and controlled by each front office. Visitors could be buzzed into the main campus after they’ve been vetted by office staff members.

All of the entry and exit doors at the schools would also have automatic locks installed to simplify the lockdown process. Designated school staff members would also receive alerts if doors are left ajar.

Additionally security upgrades include improved video surveillance systems at each school and better playground security.

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