McNicholas integrates new security system

As Rockets arrived this school year, they found new elements at school: key card scanners and security cameras. The scanners and cameras were installed over the summer as part of McNick’s new safety plan.

Funding became available through the state, so McNicholas applied. “The state of Ohio put out a grant and we were one of thirteen schools in the state of Ohio to get that money,” said Director of Technology Andy Ey. The grant, though, only covered approximately half of the cost. The remaining funds needed were raised as part of the 2018 McNick at Night’s final appeal.

The security system at McNicholas High School comes at a very opportune time. Often schools need to know if their security system will keep them safe. The answer would be yes. The security system helps protect from unknown threats.

The key card scanners keep a log of who comes in and out of the school. “Being able to control who comes in and out of the building [is important],” Ey said.

Security cameras are monitored by a select group of faculty and are there for the safety of the students and staff in the hallway.

The next phase of the new security system includes more cameras and key card scanners on doors including the auxiliary gym.

Security System
Senior Jeremy Burkhart uses his keycard to enter McNicholas.

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