The Coppell ISD board of trustees approved two vendors as part of a 2023 bond project at their Dec. 11 meeting. The bond package includes a mix of new construction, renovations and technology updates.

Chief Operations Officer Chris Trotter presented the CISD’s vendor recommendations for the replacement and upgrade of surveillance cameras and security card access across campuses and buildings districtwide.

The details

For the Coppell High School installment, the district recommended DFW Security, who presented an action plan to complete the project by February, Trotter said. The district purchased the camera surveillance and door access equipment prior to the Dec. 11 meeting.

The upgrades will be funded out of remaining 2016 bond proceeds at a cost not to exceed $350,000, according to district documents. The quote only reflects the cost of installation.

The district recommended VGI Technology Inc. to perform similar installations at its remaining high school and middle schools as well as other district buildings. Projects carried out by VGI Technology are scheduled to complete in April, Trotter said.

Campuses and facilities slated to receive these upgrades include:
  • Coppell Middle School East
  • Coppell Middle School West
  • Coppell Middle School North
  • New Tech High at Coppell
  • Victory Place at Coppell
  • Roy C. Brock Center
  • Vonita White Administration Building
The district plans to use remaining funds from the 2016 bond to cover the project’s estimated cost of $2.6 million. The quote includes the price of the equipment and installation, according to district documents.

Also of note

The same security upgrades have already been completed at the Coppell High School Ninth Grade Campus and the Service Center. The remaining campuses will be forthcoming in a future request to the board of trustees, Trotter said.

The district opted to use two different companies for the installations to provide a smoother experience and avoid getting stalled on a project, Trotter said. It would also ensure that security updates at secondary schools are completed before testing.

“We interviewed both companies, and one did a really detailed job on the high school and the other one did a really detailed job on the others,” he said. “We thought that we could also look at broadening our partner pool.”