Whether it’s an allergic reaction to a bee sting, an intruder or inclement weather, Karen Evans says the Richardson Technology Systems’ security program can handle it.
Evans designed the technology the Floyd County Board of Education is looking to implement in the near future. On Thursday at Pepperell Elementary, Evans demonstrated how the security system works and said a pilot program would be fully installed at the school soon.
The work would be funded through an education local option sales tax, or ELOST, if voters approve it on Nov. 5.
Floyd County Schools’ share of the tax would be $46.5 million with $3,295,000 allocated for security upgrades. The bulk of the proposed sales tax would build a new Coosa High School for an estimated $32 million.
Evans explained that with the push of a button from a computer, a smartphone or any device that can tap into their software, a school can be placed in lockdown and communication can begin between school officials, teachers, officers and as many others as the Floyd County Schools need.
“It’s real time information at your fingertips instantly,” she said.
A teacher can quickly provide updates concerning what’s happening in the classroom, Evans said.
For example, a teacher with a problem can make the status of the classroom switch from green for okay to red for a serious problem on a computer screen. That information is instantly accessible to resource officers, school administration, and anyone else who needs to be alerted.
Sam Sprewell, Floyd County Schools chief of operations, said this system would allow Floyd County Schools to identify a problem and control who comes in and out of the school.
“This gives us the ability to do everything we want to do,” he said. “This is a comprehensive plan.”
Marcus Roberts, the resource officer for all Pepperell schools, said he IS interested in the new technology, noting the map system, which allows him to see where and what is going on from his phone.
“I think it’s a pretty good system,” he said. “It would be nice to know where a problem is before I get there.”