Pair of metal detectors purchased for high school

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Cassville spends $66,000 on monitoring system

Students and visitors entering Cassville High School will soon have to go through an entryway monitoring threat detection system, aimed at promoting student and school safety.

The Cassville school district has approved the purchase of two units, costing a total of $66,000, which will be placed at the high school’s main entrance and at the high school FEMA entrance.

The systems will be installed in late January and will be active throughout the school day and during evening events, like performances and athletic events.

“The District will be utilizing some federal safety/security funds to purchase the first system and then a grant from Arvest Bank ($6,500) will assist in the purchase of the second system,” said Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent. “The Board will evaluate the systems and consider a third system for the middle school gym entrance at a later date.”

Board members were pleased with the move, hoping it will act as a deterrent for students and visitors to the school attempting to bring unauthorized objects into the building.

The system is silent and sends alerts to a phone app, which will let administrators know when an unauthorized object has gone through the machine.

At the main entrance, one unit will be inside the second set of double doors, and outside the FEMA entrance, the district is looking at putting a unit on the single door, which is used as a student entrance.

Asbill said the units only cover one of the two sets of double doors at the main entrance, meaning the other set of double doors will be locked from the outside, only allowing people to open and exit from the inside.

“We are doing a lot of training and setting expectations [for when and where people should be allowed in in the building,” Asbill said. “We have many doors labeled as not for entry, and during events, we will have gate takers and people monitoring doors to make sure they go where they should.”

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