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NHCS officials beef up school security, install new video phones

Officials have installed a new security system at nearly all New Hanover County schools. (Source: NHCS) Officials have installed a new security system at nearly all New Hanover County schools. (Source: NHCS)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Deadly shootings at schools across the country are forcing leaders of New Hanover County Schools to take action.

Officials have installed a new security system at nearly all New Hanover County schools.

The new systems are called Ai Phones.

All doors will be locked and visitors will now have to buzz in and speak with someone at the front desk in order to get inside.

According to New Hanover County School officials, the cost for the equipment and installation totals $128,564.

Security Director Dave Spencer said he thinks the new system is worth the price.

"We have not had a situation where we've had major problems with folks coming on our campuses that weren't supposed to be on our campuses," Spencer said. "This just gives us another check and another way of controlling the access to our buildings."

Spencer said the system installation was a recommendation from a safety study done about 18 months ago.

Tosha Willard is a mother two and said the new procedure is a great idea.

"It definitely makes me feel better. It's definitely a step in the right direction to know potentially everyone that comes here needs to be screened to be able to go into the doors," Willard explained.

According to New Hanover County Schools, "The new system allows the district to better control entry security and regulate access into buildings. Schools will be able to keep the facility secure while communicating with school visitors and confirming their identity using both audio and video."

Ai Phones have been installed at all of the pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle schools with the exception of Roland-Grise.

Work continues to get it done at Roland Grise Middle School and the high schools.

Spencer said the school system is working to figure out how to best implement the system at schools with multiple buildings on-site.

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