Wyoming School Board Approves Funding for Access Control Upgrades

Wyoming School Board Approves Funding for Access Control Upgrades

The Teton County School District No. 1 board of trustees approved funding April 10 to purchase better locks for school buildings.

The Teton County School District No. 1 board of trustees approved funding April 10 to purchase better locks for school buildings.

Every school in the district will receive RFID (radio frequency identification) access control systems, with the exception of Munger Mountain Elementary School, which already has one. The locks can only be opened with a staff ID card.

The school board approved a contract for just under $320,000 for equipment and installation. The locks will be installed during the summer. The work contract also includes the purchase and installation of door position indicators, which sound an alarm if a door is left open.

Some schools already have an RFID system in place, but the upgrades will “unify and enhance” extant equipment, according to Assistant Superintendent of Operations Jeff Daughtery.

The lock upgrades are the latest in a series of security improvements the Teton County School District has made during the last year. The district’s improvements are focused on access management, visitor management, training and software and communications.

“Most of our buildings were built decades before safety and security became part of our daily operational routines,” Daugherty told the Jackson Hole News&Guide last year. “We need a more rigorous system in place.”

Unrelated to this purchase order, Daugherty is working to purchase radios for school buildings, the bus barn and the district office, as well as a booster that would let emergency responders use their radios within campus buildings.

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