Pflugerville ISD approves multiple security upgrades

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Improvements to security camera and fire alarm systems will soon take place at multiple Pflugerville ISD facilities as a result of Pflugerville ISD board of trustees action Feb. 21.

Additional security cameras will be installed at Westview Middle School, Kelly Lane Middle School and at the Pflugerville High School agricultural barn.

In addition to new security cameras, Kelly Lane Middle will also receive a new fire alarm system.

The trustees also approved three contracts with three communication services companies to provide intercom parts services districtwide. These contracts allow the school district to spend up to $200,000 per year in maintenance and repair of existing intercom systems, although typical spending amounts to far less than $200,000, according to a presentation to the board.

Entering these contracts allows the district to receive discounted rates on intercom system repairs and replacements and also to expedite the repair process when needed, PfISD Superintendent Doug Killian said.

If the district did not establish these contracts and extensive repairs needed to be made, the repairs would have to undergo board approval on a case-by-case basis. Each full system can cost $30,000 to $40,000, according to a presentation.

“This is a situation where us going out and buying things one at a time, even if it was under $50,000, is not a very efficient or effective use [of funds],” Killian said.

The funding for each of these projects comes from maintenance and operations tax revenue rather than bond funding. Further security upgrades included in PfISD’s 2018 bond have not yet been approved by the board.

Editor’s note: this post has been updated for clarity. 

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Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered health care and public education in Austin.
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