Board of trustees considering $7M in security upgrades for Katy ISD

Katy ISD administration requested funds for upgrades to alarm systems, access control and secured entries at schools.

Katy ISD administration requested funds for upgrades to alarm systems, access control and secured entries at schools.

Update: The Katy ISD board of trustees unanimously approved its consent agenda at the April 22 meeting, which included the $7 million request to upgrade the district's security systems. The original story, which published April 16, appears below.

Katy ISD schools may receive security enhancements to better protect students and staff.

Lisa Kassman, KISD executive director of Facilities, Planning and Construction, presented a $7 million request to upgrade the district’s security system at the board of trustees’ April 15 meeting.

“I am bringing forward a recommendation for the approval of $7 million for multiple projects involving upgrades to alarm systems, access control and secured entries throughout the district,” she said. “This project will be bid in several packages.”

Kassman was unable to provide more details regarding the upgrades due to concerns for school safety, she said after the meeting.

The funding for the project comes from the 2017 bond, and all district facilities will have upgraded systems by fall 2020, she said during her presentation.

According to agenda documents, the upgrades are requested in response to recent national events. Although not mentioned in the documents or presentation, a school shooting occurred at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, near Galveston and League City in May 2018. One month before, a school shooting occurred at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The board will vote on the item at its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on April 22 at the KISD Education Support complex at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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