All Lincoln County schools will be outfitted with a range of security upgrades over the next few months, following unanimous Board of Education approval Tuesday night.
The action comes after several months of discussions due to heightened concerns about intruders in the wake of last year’s deadly attack at a school in Connecticut.
The move actually came in several separate votes reflecting the complicated nature of improving security at every school, with some facilities having different practical needs than others.
Nearly all schools will be receiving upgraded fire and security alarms. Doors will be fitted with security locks for employees to swipe ID cards to gain entry. Surveillance cameras will be posted at key locations throughout the schools.
At locations where it is practical, new security-lock doors equipped with buzzers will be used to regulate visitor access to the schools.
The costs for the alarm upgrades is estimated at about $167,000 based on bids received earlier. The surveillance cameras will cost just over $2,000 apiece. Final costs for the new doors and other additions remain to be determined based on a bidding process.
Officials said that once the bids are in and the permits are pulled, fixes could begin by mid-April, with all work likely completed in time for the start of the next school year.
Board members have previously indicated that they plan to pay for these upgrades out of excess school bond funds, so that no extra taxation will be needed to cover the security measures.
In other action at Tuesday’s meeting: