McKinney ISD schools to receive nearly $400,000 in security enhancements

McKinney ISD received about $400,000 from the Texas Education Agency. The money will be used for a variety of safety and security upgrades. (Michelle Degard/Community Impact Newspaper)
McKinney ISD received about $400,000 from the Texas Education Agency. The money will be used for a variety of safety and security upgrades. (Michelle Degard/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney ISD received about $400,000 from the Texas Education Agency. The money will be used for a variety of safety and security upgrades. (Michelle Degard/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Education Agency has awarded nearly $400,000 to McKinney ISD to enhance the district’s safety and security measures.

The grant money, awarded in April, will bolster the district’s existing efforts to enhance safety at MISD schools, according to a MISD news release.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff members. Everything else comes after that,” said Cody Cunningham, chief communications and support services officer, in the release. “While we have great confidence in the safety and security program that we have in place, we always look for opportunities to enhance what we already do and routinely evaluate our practices to ensure that we have created the safest possible learning environment.”

MISD officials said the district plans to get started on safety upgrades using the grant funds, with a heavy emphasis on completing as much work as possible over the summer.

Using the TEA grant funds, the district will add about 140 security cameras across the district. There are already about 1,600 security cameras in place, according to the news release.


The district will also update its Aiphone entry system, which provides an initial security screen at every campus that allows employees to verbally and visually identify visitors before granting them access to the building, according to the news release.

Adding more lockdown buttons at each school is another feature for which the TEA grant funds will provide, the release said. Along with the buttons, the district will install additional alarm-activated, emergency strobe and sound devices at each campus. The security enhancements will include an upgraded, districtwide 24-hour intrusion alarm system that will send an alert if a door is left open.

The grant funds will also be used to upgrade MISD’s security camera server to help store and retrieve video files, the release said.

The district plans to finish these upgrades by this time next year, officials said.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the Frisco and McKinney editions.


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