Renovated Texas Middle School Includes Security Upgrades

Renovated Texas Middle School Includes Security Upgrades

Renovations to the middle school, which houses the sixth through eighth grades, include improved classrooms and flexible working spaces. The renovations also put the entire campus under one roof and added a secure entrance and access controls.

The Georgetown Independent School District has finished upgrading the James Tippet Middle School building. The upgrades were paid for with more than $26.1 million from a 2015 bond.

Renovations to the middle school, which houses the sixth through eighth grades, include improved classrooms and flexible working spaces. The renovations also put the entire campus under one roof and added a secure entrance and access controls.

According to Superintendent Dr. Fred Brent, the principal receives an alert on his phone when any exterior door is opened and has the ability to lock down the campus by pressing a single button. GISD is working to implement that security feature at every campus in the district.

Dr. Brent said the $150 million bond proposition voters approved in November 2018 will help pay to install these security measures uniformly across the district campuses.

GISD is also collaborating with the City of Georgetown and first responders so that they can all use the same radio system to communicate. Eventually, dispatchers will be able to access the district’s surveillance system, which police told KXAN could help improve emergency response times.

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