The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 11, 2011

Webb City High School to get new security system

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City High School will soon beef up its security with a new electronic lock system.

The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a bid of $17,192 from I3 Technology Group Inc. to install the system on 10 of the most-used doors at the high school.

Toby Bottom, associate superintendent for support services, said the new system will provide an extra level of security by replacing the old lock-and-key system on up to half of the school’s 20 to 30 doors.

With an electronic system, he said, software will not only keep track of who is entering the building by tracking the key cards that are issued, but will also alert administrators when doors have been open for long intervals. The main doors of the school would still be open during normal hours of the day, he said.

Bottom said the new system comes with a control panel that will be located at the administration building for easy use. He said the I3 Technology software can be installed for a one-time fee, with other doors added to the system later for little to no additional cost.

The system will cover only the high school for now. Bottom said the district plans to eventually outfit the junior high school with a similar system.

“Ultimately, I can see us putting this system in every school,” he said.

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