Hilliard Northwest News

24 school buildings

Grants will be used to upgrade security


All 24 buildings in the Hilliard school district will receive security upgrades funded by grants from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, Jeff Franklin, director of business, told school board members Jan. 27.

One grant of $5,000 per building is for the purchase of exterior digital cameras for school buildings.

The new cameras will replace old ones and allow personnel inside the buildings a much clearer view of visitors and even the ability to zoom in on vehicles in parking lots, district officials said.

"The cameras we have at our schools today are about 10 years old and simply lack the needed technology," Franklin said.

Another grant of $2,000 per building will provide school officials with a new tool to enhance responses in emergency situations: an instant open line of communication with a 911 dispatcher.

"These radios have orange buttons and will provide instant communication with 911," Franklin said.

Each school will receive one radio.

Systems to remotely unlock doors also will be replaced.

The grants will fund the upgrades at the district's 14 elementary schools, two sixth-grade buildings, three middle schools, three high schools, one preschool and the McVey Innovative Learning Center.