Edmond Public Schools beef up security

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EDMOND, Okla. -- The Edmond Public School District recently invested $200,000 in a state-of-the-art security system for each school facility.

Edmond Parents will notice a new kiosk in the front lobby at each facility.

LobbyGuard is a computerized security monitor system that automatically background-checks each school visitor.

The system was paid for by a $200,000 City of Edmond bond issue passed by taxpayers.

"It's just another layer of safety and security we can provide to our parents and students and staff," Director of Security Jim Rothrock said.

Edmond is the first district in the Oklahoma City metro area to get this new technology.

The district joins Jenks and Broken Arrow Public Schools in Tulsa, which are already using the automatic check-in system.

LobbyGuard identifies registered sex offenders, as each visitor is required to scan their drivers' license and have a picture taken.

"We'll go through the extra layer of security and the extra time as long as we know our kids are safe," Chisholm Elementary PTO President Ann Forrester said.

Special passes that streamline the check-in process are available at each school for frequent visitors, for $5.

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