2013-01-09 / Front Page

School district steps up safety measures with new technology


Anyone going into a campus of the Raymondville school district can’t just walk in without being screened.

The district has installed a new system in which a visitor rings a buzzer and a district employee will meet the person to let the visitor in.

Johnny I. Pineda, the district superintendent, said they have enhanced some of the key features.

“We continue to enhance the procedures we have in place,” he said. “We are doing so to provide a safer environment for our students and staff.”

The district invested about $12,500 to upgrade the system and, by the end of this week, all of its five campuses will have the extra security.

The district is sending a letter to all parents informing them about the new safety feature.

“All parents and visitors will now need to ring the buzzer located on the outside of each of the campuses’ main entrances,” it reads. “A member of the office staff will ask for your name before activating the door release.”

A video camera will transmit a picture of the person standing by the door to a monitor on the desk of a district employee who will let the parent or visitor in.

Once inside, a person will proceed to the office to show an identification.

The upgrading was prompted because of the December 14 shooting of 20 school students and six staffers at an elementary school in Connecticut. (Photos on Page 4.)

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