“It will be a gradual process as funding allows.”
Although the district’s current phone system has a paging feature on it, Henton said rustling sounds or background noises could obscure the message that’s being broadcasted.
The old intercom systems — some of which are the same age as the schools — are being tested. While the PA system still works well at the high school, that’s not the case at all of the schools.
“The existing systems cover the hallways, but some of the speakers don’t work anymore in some of the classrooms or can’t be heard in the gymnasiums,” Henton said. “We have to investigate which classrooms have speakers that work.
“What we’re finding out is that the whole systems are going to have to be replaced.”
To be certain, safety in the school district is an ongoing project.
Henton said he soon will attend a seminar on “threat-resistant products” hosted by Bacon & Van Buskirk glass company.
“We’ll continue to make changes and stay on top of things,” he said.