Poughkeepsie school district working on security upgrades

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The city’s school district has begun work on security upgrades to school buildings, according to Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser.

Students attending summer school at Poughkeepsie High School,  along with staff, will be introduced to a new security scanner in the building, according to district Executive Director of Student Engagement Da’Ron Wilson.

“The EVOLV scanner is only one element of security upgrades being made throughout the district, beginning this spring and continuing through the summer and beyond,”  Wilson said.  The system was installed by a contractor on June 22 and staffers began training with it last week and are expected to complete the training this week.

The security upgrades are funded through budgeted money supplemented by grant funding, to avoid any budget increases.

The  high school and Poughkeepsie Middle School also each have six new high-definition video cameras and workers are in the process of installing the lockdown system.

All district buildings are slated to get new external cameras over the course of the next few weeks. “The district saw the need and pursued getting the system installed and in place for summer use so we can see how it works in preparation for the transition next year,” Wilson said, adding that the district also pushed to get some additional cameras installed for safety purposes immediately.