School leaders consider new security measure

School leaders in one Wabash Valley community are looking into ways to improve security for your kids.

Posted: Mar. 22, 2019 10:32 PM

ROBINSON, Ill. (WTHI) - School leaders in one Wabash Valley community are looking into ways to improve security for your kids.

"Unfortunately we live in a world where bad things are happening and sometimes schools are targets for those bad things."

Josh Quick is the superintendent for Robinson, Illinois schools. The school board tasked him with implementing a new security system to track schoolhouse visitors.

Quick says, "We just want to do everything within our power to protect our students and staff."

Moms and dads can be found at schools across the district, just like Washington Grade School, picking up their kids at the end of each school day. One of these parents says she feels confident about current security measures but welcomes upgrades.

Parent Valerie Tingley says, "We're always concerned about the safety of our children in our schools, especially these days and anything that they want to implement to up the safety of our children is always great."

Superintendent Quick is shopping around for what’s called a visitor management system. With the new system, anyone entering a school would have to present a state-issued identification card or driver’s license. The ID would be scanned for an instant background check. Visitors would then get a visitor's pass.

Quick says, "We will have the ability to instantly know from our electronic device, from a computer screen anywhere. We can log on and see who exactly was in the building and at that point in time because that's what our first responders always want to know. When they come on the scene of a drill or an emergency they want to know okay, who did you have and have you accounted for everyone?"

Quick says he is speaking with vendors. The upfront cost for a system like this, covering all four schools, ranges from $7,000 to more than $20,000. According to Quick, a yearly service subscription is around $2,000.

Quick says he hopes to have a system in place by next school year.

He is also looking into ways to expand the partnership with Robinson police. It’s possible the board could hear a recommendation about the school resource officer position at next month's meeting.

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