Portland Public Schools have stepped up security measures on school campuses.
Security cameras and electronic swipe card systems have been installed on 14 campuses across the district.
At Buckman Elementary, all teachers now have badges to get into the school building and office staff now have a video monitor to see who comes in and out of the school’s main doors.
Tony Magliano is deputy chief operating officer for Portland Public Schools. He says security monitors and badge access are an important step towards creating more secure campuses, but that teachers and staff must be vigilant as well.
“Technology’s not the end-all to our security issues. It’s an enhancer of our ability to maintain safe environments for our kids and staff,” Magliano says.
The price tag on that technology? One-and-a-half million dollars. It’s being paid for with construction excise tax money and facility maintenance funds.
By the end of the school year, all elementary, K-8, middle schools and some high schools in the Portland Public Schoo district will have security cameras and electronic card access systems.