The Perry Community School District Board of Education has for some time discussed their desire to make the three school buildings under their charge as safe as possible for both students and staff.
At their May 9 meeting, the board backed up their talk by signing a contract with Walsh Electronic Security of Des Moines that will significantly raise the safety level for all three complexes and for all those involved. The contract, worth $216,558, will see numerous and varied systems installed beginning this summer.
Lenny Scorpiniti and Kenton Straughn from Walsh addressed the board, providing final details and noting that the company has 105 years of experience in providing building security. The comprehensive system to be installed in Perry schools will be similar in scope and nature to those currently in place in Ankeny, Carroll and Denison-Schleswig schools.
Perry High School will have a server that will run car access for the senior high, middle and elementary schools. There will be push button access, a door intercom system, 13 card readers and 21 electric strikes for card access doors. A total of 27 interior and four exterior cameras will be installed, with a networked video recorder. Two POE (Point of Entry) switches will be put in place, with 200 credentialed access cards generated.
The Perry Middle School will receive 10 card readers and 14 electric strikes, one door intercom system and 14 interior cameras. Wire and needed materials will be built into the system at both the Senior and Middle schools.
In addition to a networked video recorder and a door intercom system, Perry Elementary School will have 16 card readers and 18 electric strikes installed, along with 15 exterior and 11 interior cameras.
Work will be complete in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.