16. How will this levy improve school security?
School safety is a district priority.
When constructing new buildings, BISD implements guiding principles set by Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). These guidelines provide for safer learning environments while maintaining a welcoming and engaging atmosphere.
Examples of CPTED:
- The single-point of entry at the new Blakely Elementary building will funnel all visitors through the front office.
- The design for the 100 Building improves sight lines and visibility, which fosters natural surveillance — a key component in deterring crime and poor behavior.
In 2016, Consultants completed a security needs-assessment of our campuses, and BISD continues to work through their recommendations to improve security district-wide.
The 2019 levy provides additional funding for BISD to continue working through the recommended security measures such as:
- Installing visual notifiers in places where alarms and intercoms can be difficult to hear or non existent (gymnasiums, music and band rooms)
- Controlling access to buildings by implementing a keyless controlled entry system (a standard with new buildings at Wilkes and Blakely)
- Defining school perimeters with strategically placed fencing and landscaping
- Additional security cameras
Over the past three years, BISD has spent more than $330,000 on security upgrades such as:
- Security cameras & intercom system for school entries
- Digital Radios (closed-circuit; can tie-in to the police department)
- Moving the attendance office at BHS to allow for increased monitoring of the campus