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Douglas and Bowie schools to see additional security

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Parents and staff at Douglas Intermediate and Bowie Elementary schools will soon notice additional security measures at the school. Wireless locks and hardware systems will be installed at the schools, utilizing PROX cards for keyless entry, as was done earlier this year at Lamar Elementary, Early Childhood Learning Center and Sulphur Springs High School.
“It’s working very well,” Sulphur Springs Independent School District Director of Plant Operations Dale Guest told school trustees during Monday night’s regular meeting of the school board. “It’s cut down on the number of doors left open. It cuts down on the calls after hours from cops because they’re [doors at the schools] left open.”
Fairway Supply of Dallas, the lone bidder, was selected to complete the project based on the company’s  workmanship at ECLC, SSHS and Lamar. The wireless locks and hardware will be installed for $93,996.
The company also will be putting two surveillance cameras in each of the district’s 55 school buses, as well as a dash camera in all four of the campus security vehicles. That was bid at a cost of $145,436.
“They’re all wireless. They have a DVR. The key turns the system on. At night, on the lot, it will download the information to the server in the building. The four dash cams for security vehicles are capable of the same. They’ll download the information at night,” Guest said.
Funding for both projects will come from the $243,721 “Secure Our Schools” grant the district was awarded last fall.
“We’ve just about maxed out our grant funding. If we have a little left, we’ll do a couple of doors elsewhere on some of the other campuses,” Guest said.
 

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