Auburn High School building

Auburn High School

Auburn High School will have a new security system before the end of the month, with the same technology coming later to the other Auburn school district buildings. 

The Raptor Visitor Management System will be operational at the high school by April 22, according to a news release.

The system will screen school visitors against custody, sex offender and other databases, the news release said. Everyone who arrives at the school will need to present a government-issued identification card to get into the building. Examples of valid identification include a military identification card or New York state driver's license, identification card or benefits card.

When the card is scanned and the person is cleared to enter the building, they will receive a visitor badge with their name, picture, that day's date, time and their intended destination within the school printed on it. Anyone who is not cleared to enter will be told to leave.

Lisa Green, the district's business executive, said in an email that the district bought systems for all seven of the school buildings last year through Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES for $11,200, plus $5,000 to BOCES for installation. After the district receives aid on the systems later this year, the net cost is set to be between $7,000 and $8,000, Green said.

Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said that the technology is being implemented now because the district had to update its own technology that would be used with the system and ensure it had a plan to efficiently use and maintain it.

Pirozzolo expects the systems to be added to the other buildings throughout the 2019-20 school year. The systems are a part of the district's focus on security, as a capital project that includes secured entrances in many of the school buildings and other safety measures was passed by voters in January.

Pirozzolo said that the system is an added layer of security for students and staff, because "we don't know everybody who enters into our buildings,"

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Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or kelly.rocheleau@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.