With about $4 million in savings from the current fiscal year, Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, will update classroom technology and school security systems.
About $1.5 million of the funds will go to proposed security upgrades, including a buzz-in camera system at the front entrance of each school as well as electronic access badge systems. The school district serves more than 13,500 students and employs more than 1,300 teachers across more than 25 schools and sites.
In recent years, the district has adjusted the front entrances at each school in order to prevent visitors from being able to bypass the main office. With those changes in place, the district will move to install buzz-in camera systems, with the ability for the main office staff to have electronic control of the door.
Electronic access badges will make it easier for staff to access the building from the playground and outside learning areas and credentials can be turned on and off as needed.