This week the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees approved the installation of a $1.9 million campus-wide security system that will enable the campus to be quickly locked down in the event of an emergency.
This Atrium security system received board approval Monday and will be run by GRCC authorities via Blackboard. The system will be equipped to secure up to 500 doors at once, allowing GRCC authorities to be able to lock down all three campuses or a single campus with a push of a button. The system is also able to alert authorities if a door didn’t lock or if a door is left open.
“The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority,” stated GRCC President Bill Pink in an email.“We are taking a proactive approach, setting in place a system that will allow us to act immediately to secure our buildings and protect the people inside them. This new system is one more tool in our comprehensive approach to campus safety.”
This system is being funded by the college’s plant fund. This fund is a portion of the millage that is dedicated to ongoing maintenance and campus upgrades.
Molly Shidell, 23, of Rockford said she believes the new system is a step in the right direction.
“I think it’s a great addition to the campus that will help ensure that the students and faculty are safe,” she said. “It’s unfortunate that schools need to install intense security systems, but I’m glad that the school is taking action.”
An exact date of installation has yet to be decided, but Vice President of Financial Aid and Admissions, Lisa Freiburger said work on the security system is scheduled to begin later this spring and continue into the summer.