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JCPS to implement state-of-the-art security systems

At the November Regular Session Board of Education meeting, the Board voted unanimously to improve safety and security in Johnston County Public Schools by implementing state-of-the-art security systems in each of the district’s schools.

The school district will implement a weapon detection system and a propped/open-door alarm system in each school.

“The safety and security of our students and staff is our number one priority in Johnston County Public Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy. “We are laser focused on making sure that we are constantly improving our practices and protocols and we will do whatever it takes to provide a safe learning environment.” 

The Board of Education was able to approve the implementation of these security measures following the Johnston County Commissioners vote to approve the school system’s funding request for the new technology at their Nov. 21 meeting.

"Johnston County Commissioners reaffirmed that public safety is a top priority at last night's Board meeting by approving JCPS request to upgrade school security systems throughout the County,” said Chairman Butch Lawter. “As a Board, we believe that the safety of our children is paramount and we are proud to make this next level commitment to secure our schools and keep our kids safe."

Additionally, Johnston County Public Schools received a grant through the Center for Safer Schools to put a School Resource Officer (SRO) in every school. The school system has already begun the process of ensuring each school has an SRO at their site as law enforcement personnel allows.

“This next level commitment to school safety and security is exciting,” said JCPS Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary and Administrative Services Dr. David Pearce, who oversees the district’s safety and security measures. “Johnston County Public Schools has always been deeply committed to keeping our students safe, but we are looking forward to this opportunity to step up our efforts even further for our children and staff.”