FCPS Finalizes Plans to Install Buzz-in Entry Systems at All School Entrances

FCPS Finalizes Plans to Install Buzz-in Entry Systems at All School Entrances
Posted on 03/20/2018
DecorativeFor Immediate Release
March 20, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Public Schools is moving forward with plans to install buzz-in entry systems prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year at all schools that are not currently equipped with such systems. Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Improving safety and security in all of our buildings is one of the School Board’s Comprehensive Plan Priorities and has been a point of focus for a number of years. Over time, we have taken a number of steps to enhance safety and security as resources have allowed. We can no longer wait to address the need to better secure the entrances to our facilities and will be making the investment needed to help keep our students and staff more safe.” 

Currently, all 11 of Frederick County’s elementary schools as well as Frederick County Middle School have buzz-in entry systems. Prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year, buzz-in entry systems will be installed at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, James Wood Middle School, Robert E. Aylor Middle School, James Wood High School, Millbrook High School, Sherando High School and the Dowell J. Howard Center.

Sovine says, “We’ll be investing nearly $103,000 to secure the entrances at our three high schools and the Dowell J. Howard Center and about $43,000 to install secure entrances at the three middle schools that do not currently have a buzz-in entry system in place. The School Security Equipment Grant we were awarded in October by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services will cover about $30,000 of the total project costs. The remainder will be funded locally by delaying some facility maintenance projects we had planned to address this year. All school facilities constructed in the future will also include secure entry systems.”

Sovine adds, “While we have a number of important projects that will be delayed so that we can complete these critical safety enhancements, taking additional steps to keep our schools safe is something that needs to be done sooner rather than later. When working with limited resources, it’s important to prioritize projects and I, along with the School Board, believe school safety is of the utmost importance.”