District OKs Security System
By Rachel Miller
April 22, 2004
Since Sept. 11, 2001, the nation has been making changes at every level to ensure security. This week, the Hanover-Horton School Board took a step closer to ensuring the security of its students by approving a bid for $10,265 from Comtronics to install a high-tech system throughout the middle school and high school buildings.
Superintendent Linda Brian said the new system is much like the ones used in hotels and hospitals. Instead of regular keys, staff members and other authorized personnel will be given key cards to unlock only the doors for which they have clearance. If someone loses their card, it can be deactivated.
The administration also will be allowed to restrict access to the building by designating where and when the cards will work.
“There are a lot of people in the community who have keys right now, including coaches,” said Ron Kinch, high school assistant principal. “With the new system, their key cards will only work then we want them to.”
Weekends are the biggest problem, Kinch said. There is no one there to monitor who is coming in and out of the buildings on weekends, which has caused security concerns.
“We have been fortunate that we’ve avoided any major vandalism incidents,” Brian said. “But we are concerned about the security of the building.”
The system, approved Monday, will first be installed at high-traffic entrances and then at other locations as needed. The remaining doors will have their outside handles removed so they can only be used to exit the buildings.
Reprinted with permission from Jackson Citizen Patriot
Copyright April 22, 2004