Security is getting beefed up at several campuses in the South Whidbey School District.
The South Whidbey School Board approved the installation of security doors and video cameras at South Whidbey Elementary School’s north and south campuses and Langley Middle School at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday night.
Forty-five access control hardware systems and 29 cameras will be installed on the campuses, totaling $328,302.
The funding comes from the district’s capital projects fund.
The improvements in security are meant to accommodate more users, from tenants at the community center to the addition of sixth graders at the south campus, formerly known as South Whidbey Primary School.
The security doors will address a higher level of control and access to the buildings. The electronic access controls system also help deal more cost-effectively with lost keys, and limited use of interior areas in the school’s gyms and libraries.
A similar system already in place at South Whidbey High School.
The hardware will work across the district’s existing data network that currently serves the high school.
Twelve of the 29 security cameras will be at the community center, while 17 will be at the north and south campuses. The district began installing video security cameras back in 2008-09.
Individual cameras were added over time, but coverage is still limited.
The security cameras complement what the district is already doing with access control, while also providing additional security for students, staff and tenants at the community center, according to school documents.