Renovated Georgetown ISD middle school features big security upgrades

Williamson County

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The Georgetown Independent School District celebrated the completion of a large renovation project at a middle school on Friday.

A bond approved in 2015 included more than $26.1 million to pay for upgrades to the James Tippit Middle School building. 

In addition to improved classrooms and new flexible working spaces, the renovations included security features for the school, which houses grades six through eight. The project put the entire campus under one roof as well as installed a secure entrance and access controls. 

Superintendent Dr. Fred Brent pointed out the principal will now get an alert on his phone whenever an exterior door is opened, and he can lock down the campus with just a touch of a button. The district is working to make that same security feature available at every campus. 

Dr. Brent said the $150 million bond proposition approved in November 2018 will help cover the cost to make these security measures uniform across the district. 

The district is also working with the City of Georgetown and first responders so that they can all communicate on the same radio system. Dispatchers will even be able to access the district’s surveillance system eventually, which police told KXAN could help improve response for emergencies.

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