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Crestview Heights School Activates Electronic Lock Security System
Timers and transformers, video cameras and monitors, relay modules and miles of wires – with this equipment in place, Crestview Heights School in Waldport is ready to “go live” on April 30 with its new electronic lock/access control security system. “Children spend more time in school than almost anywhere else outside the home. That places a huge responsibility on schools for working to keep them safe,” says Sue Graves, LCSD safety coordinator. “I am extremely pleased to have this security tool in our schools so our students and teachers can go about their business of learning.”
With the system, exterior doors at the school are locked during school hours. To enter the school, visitors ring a doorbell located by the main entrance. Office personnel can see, via video monitor, who is at the door and electronically unlock it to allow access. The cost to install the new system at three schools – Toledo Junior/Senior High, Crestview Heights and Waldport High – is underwritten by a 50 percent matching grant of $101,960 awarded to the Sheriff’s Office by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The security package includes classroom locks, exterior electronic lock systems, and video surveillance systems.
The electronic lock/access control and video system was installed at Toledo Junior/Senior High last spring. Once it is installed in the new Waldport High School, currently under construction, all 12 school buildings in the district, not including the charter schools, will have the security system. This was the fourth COPS SOS Grant awarded to Lincoln County law enforcement agencies over the past four years for improvement of safety at district schools.
“The safety of our children is paramount and providing a system to reduce the incidence and fear of crime is invaluable,” Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson stated in an earlier news release. “The excellent partnership between the sheriff’s office and the school district makes this opportunity possible. I commend Sue Graves for her dedication to the safety of our students.”
Graves praises the grant writing skills of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Curtis Landers and the technical skills of the school district’s maintenance staff for making both the grant and the local funding match possible. School district personnel can perform the majority of installation, as well as trouble-shoot and repair the system themselves. Thus, the school district is able to charge labor to the grant as its match, saving money for the district.