YORK TWP. — With the new school year starting Aug. 22, Buckeye Schools is taking extra security precautions to keep students and staff safe.
The district once again has hired Redshift Technology to handle security updates, and Tuesday night the school board approved paying the Strongsville company $49,678 for the work.
“They did our camera install a year ago,” Superintendent Kent Morgan said after the meeting.
Morgan said he couldn’t disclose specific security details at Buckeye, but noted, “They’re just upgrading our alarm system (throughout the district) and putting some other security measures in our external doors.”
The updates will be installed at each building in district and should be completed within a couple weeks.
Morgan said there also will be a new security feature at the school board office — a “buzz-in system.”
Right now, Morgan said, the school board office usually is unlocked when staff members are there during the day and anybody can walk in.
Providing a system where employees can scan themselves in with an ID will keep staff safer.
“That’s been one of our focuses we started last spring after some of the safety issues that have happened across the country,” Morgan said.
Last school year, Morgan and members of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office conducted a community meeting on school safety following the Parkland, Fla., shooting in which 17 people were killed.