Princeton Board of Education recently approved a $1.54 million contract with Shorelands Construction Inc. for security upgrades at all four elementary schools. The work will be done in the next 12 months.
“We are installing new security doors and partitions at Community Park, Johnson Park, Littlebrook and Riverside,” explained David Harding, Director of Facilities.
The new entrances at the elementary schools are part of security upgrades paid for with money from the recent referendum. Visitors will be buzzed in through two sets of doors. The new vestibules allow building monitors to check in guests and provide them with a badge using the Lobby Guard visitor ID system before they enter the building. The system is used to ensure that all non-district adults are registered before entering schools
The district had a rollout of Lobby Guard this fall, said Timothy Charleston, Supervisor of Social Studies, Global and Enrichment Education PreK-Grade 8. Mr. Charleston also serves as the School Safety Specialist for PPS. Reconfiguring the entrances with the security vestibules makes the Lobby Guard system more effective.
As part of the improved security upgrades, Shorelands will also be doing some routine things like painting door frames and providing casework at Johnson Park and a security window at Community Park.
The district expects to have the work completed before school begins in the fall of 2020.