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Putnam City school district is adding electronic locks, video monitoring to entrances

Putnam City Public Schools, a district in the Oklahoma City metro area, is outfitting its campuses with the system that allows office staff to restrict access into school buildings.
by Matt Patterson Published: January 28, 2013

“Each building is extremely unique,” Director of Operations Jim Hooper said. “Some of our buildings were built in the 1930s, and some of them are just a few years old. Each one has a set of different requirements. We look at everything from the style of doors to where to put the wiring for the door system.”

Hooper said building vestibules at Rollingwood Elementary School was an example of a challenging project. Three classrooms had to be closed, and the school's offices were moved. The classrooms were then rebuilt where the offices were.

Hooper said cost to build the vestibules at the schools that don't currently have them will range from about $120,000 to $500,000 apiece with the Rollingwood project an example of the higher end of that scale. The upgrades are being paid for from a combination of building fund money and bond money.

“When we started putting in the vestibules seven years ago, each time we did one, we learned a better way to do it,” Hooper said.

Stout said the demand has been high for the equipment that will be used in the video and intercom, along with the electronic locking system.

“There are a lot of schools that are looking for ways to upgrade their security,” Stout said. “I think everyone is trying to order it at the same time.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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