Singing Hills and Running Creek elementary schools recently received security enhancements, free of charge, thanks to Convergint, an Illinois-based security firm with an office in Centennial. The …
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Singing Hills and Running Creek elementary schools recently received security enhancements, free of charge, thanks to Convergint, an Illinois-based security firm with an office in Centennial. The enhancements were part of Convergint’s Secure, Train, Educate and Protect (STEP) Up for Schools initiative. The company has donated more than $1 million in employee time, and $100,000 in security equipment this year, during its annual social responsibility day.
The upgrades included cameras being placed in strategic locations around school grounds to allow staff inside to be aware of what’s going on outside the school. Primary entrances were included, and staff now have the ability to program doors to function at their discretion, in the event of deter, detect and delay type of situations.
“We were introduced to Elizabeth School District through a partner of ours in the community,” said Stephen Fisher, business development manager for Convergint. “The school district has a strong program for protecting teachers and community members, but we saw an opportunity for them to enhance what they are already doing.”
Convergint technicians did a site survey and security audit of the school, and identified a few areas where a perimeter surveillance might benefit them outside the school, according to Fisher. Then technicians returned and installed upgraded access control to allow school officials to customize entrance and egress points during the school day, as well as in the evenings or when the school has after-hours activities.
“Our STEP Up program is our response to the school’s needs for a higher level of security technology,” said Fisher. “Convergint really has a culture of service, and we’re a company that likes to put action behind our words. Our commitment to doing these kinds of things, we feel, is our responsibility.”
Work at the two schools was finished the same day, and according to Fisher, students and parents shouldn’t notice a difference to the look of the school when they return to class in the fall.
Shane Pynes, head of safety/security for Elizabeth School District, said the school district was appreciative of the donation, and that when it comes to keeping students, staff and community members safe at school, more security is always better.
“These enhancements are one more small piece of a larger district strategy to ensure that we’re better prepared for a myriad of issues,” said Pynes.
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