Five McKinney ISD campuses and facilities will be getting new weapon detection systems in the 2024-25 school year.

The $1.27 million purchase of Evolv security systems was approved by the board of trustees June 24. The district received four bid proposals for the systems.

“The purchase is not in response to a specific threat or weapon problem within our schools but rather a proactive measure to keep McKinney on the forefront of safety and security initiatives,” said Russel May, senior director of safety and security.

The details

The weapon detection systems will be installed at:
  • McKinney High School
  • McKinney Boyd High School
  • McKinney North High School
  • McKinney ISD stadium
  • The Disciplinary Alternative Education Program campus
District officials began exploring options for security systems in November, May said. The purchase of the system will be covered through 2021 safety and security bond funds.

A $6.55 million purchase of physical security upgrades through Verkada, an integrated security platform system, was approved by the board in April.

“By investing in the advanced technology, we are demonstrating our commitment to maintaining a safe learning environment as well as staying ahead of the potential threats," May said.

Looking ahead

The new security systems should be in place before the 2024-25 school year, May said.

Additional information and resources will be provided to MISD families in the coming weeks, according to a district news release.