Boyd trustees OK security equipment; Board also look at costs for fields

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Boyd ISD will put in several new safety measures this school year.

Along with contracting the city of Boyd to add a school resource officer, the district is putting in new procedures and safety equipment on each campus.

Boyd ISD trustees Monday night approved $136,456 in expenditures to implement the first phase of the district’s short-term security plan. The monies will pay for door monitors and alarms on all entrances, controlled card readers and intercoms to limit access to the buildings.

Superintendent Ted West said visitors after the start of the school day will be buzzed in by someone in the front office after using the intercom.

“There’s going to be some inconvenience. But we’re not doing the guard shacks or gates,” West said. “This way, we know who is coming into our buildings.”

Also in the first phase of security improvements are the installation of barricade devices for all classroom doors. The devices cost $55 each and will allow staff members to install a bolt through the device to prevent the door from being opened in an active shooter situation.

Trustees, in approving the expenditures, added the camera and intercom for the cafeterias on the campuses so staff could verify who is at the entrance before opening the door.

“Ted and the administration did a good job gathering as much information as they can,” said Boyd ISD School Board President Bill Childress. “It secures the buildings and puts all the necessary security in place.”

The district will look to implement the second phase of the plan in the future. It includes $175,477 for new cameras and servers at the various campuses in the district.

Before considering the safety equipment, trustees approved $6,000 for a 911 safety app that can be loaded on smartphones and computers throughout the district.

In other business, trustees listened to a presentation from architect Matt English of Harper Perkins in Wichita Falls on building a new baseball and softball field west of the high school.

The turf field would cost between $2.2 and $2.3 million. That did not include the flat work around the facilities or all the professional fees. The district would bring over lights and bleachers from the existing facilities in that estimate. The initial estimate was also for chain-link fencing and not the industry standard metal.

Before English made the presentation, West said, “This is for some preliminary ideas about the new facility. This is to get the discussion going and get ideas.”

English gave a timeline of 15 months to build the fields.

The district’s softball field has experienced lingering issues with the outfield grass in recent years. The district had replaced the grass, took out several inches of soil and consulted with experts around the state and nation. The issues remain.

“Something has to be done at some point,” Childress said during the meeting.

Trustee Kyle Erwin questioned the expense at this time with the district on the precipice of substantial growth.

“We have our wants and needs,” Erwin said. “I’m totally against spending money and then going out for a bond. That’s a lot of money for something we don’t need today.”

Childress later said the district will need to use caution in allocating reserves toward large purchases because of the possible need for additional classroom space.

“We don’t want to spend money that will be necessary for classrooms later,” he said.

Trustees asked staff to get additional pricing on upgrading current facilities.

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