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Access control system installation planned during fall months at Estacada High School

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Exterior doors at Estacada High School will soon be outfitted with a new security system.

A new building feature at Estacada High School will soon improve student safety.

During a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, school board members awarded Wiremap Systems LLC a bid to outfit exterior doors at the high school and the district's central office with key card readers.

Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter described moving forward with the project as "our strongest, biggest recommendation to the board to date."

Work on the upgrade is expected to begin next month and be completed in October or November.

Wiremap Systems LLC estimated the cost at $235,270, which will come from the district's capital improvements fund.

Estacada School District Technology Director Cyndi Rathbun noted that the system is a way to "lock the (high school) building in a very secure way."

"It's software (that) configures access to this building very specifically," she explained.

The key cards will have access to particular parts of the high school at specific times.

Not every door will be configured for a key card, and some will be controlled remotely through the new system.

The update to the building will also have the capability to send out a not-

ification if a door is propped open and

lock all doors with the click of a single button.

Carpenter noted that the instantaneous locking feature is particularly valuable. During his time as high school principal, the building's fastest lockdown time was four minutes and 13 seconds.

"We've been talking the talk of student safety. This is walking the walk," Communications Coordinator Maggie Kelly added.

Carpenter said that eventually, he would like to see all local school buildings equipped with the technology.

In addition to the upcoming updates to the high school and central office buildings, safety vestibules were installed at River Mill Elementary School, Clackamas River Elementary School and Estacada High School earlier this summer.

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