RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — This fall, the Randolph County School System will implement a new security camera buzzer system in all elementary and middle schools in the district.
The buzzer system changes the way visitors and parents can access the front entrance of schools, by allowing administrators to see the visitor and ask questions before releasing the button to unlock the front door.
Assistant Superintendent Marty Trotter said the buzzer system was a collaborative idea amongst the school board after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting last year.
“Several of our schools started locking their doors automatically, but it was a matter of our staff having to come to the door every time someone came in so this system allows staff to stay their station,” Trotter said. “It’s another layer of security for elementary and middle schools just not allowing folks in the building until we’re comfortable with who they are.”
Each system cost the county $2,300 out of the maintenance budget equaling to approximately $57,000.
Trotter said the system was not installed into the high schools, because of their open campus layout with several entrances, but staff is still brainstorming to find another security alternative.
Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies have increased their patrol on all school grounds.
Currently Randolph elementary schools not have school resource officers.