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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Key to security: Reducing number of door keys

  • There was a time when Hannibal public school district weren’t sure how many door keys to the high school, career and technical center, and annex were floating around out in the community. Those days are gone.
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  • There was a time when Hannibal public school district weren’t sure how many door keys to the high school, career and technical center, and annex were floating around out in the community. Those days are gone.
    During Wednesday night’s meeting of the Hannibal Board of Education, Rich Stilley, district business manager, reported that doors at HHS, HCTC and Annex have been “rekeyed.”
    Stilley says only a very small group of people now have keys. Each person who has been given a key has been approved by both the building administrator and district business manager. The keys available will also open only “very specific” doors, according to Stilley.
    Most of the time entrance to the high school, career and tech center, and annex is gained through us of a KeyScan card. During Wednesday night’s meeting it was reported that the key system has now been installed and is now operational at the Annex.
    “There are still keys. In the event that we’re out of power and the battery backup goes down, we can physically lock the doors with existing keys,” said Stilley. “On a normal basis the keys are obsolete and we use these cards to get in the main entrances that the scan is available for.”
    Not everyone has been issued a key card.
    “There are certain individuals that have them. Obviously the teachers, administrators, custodians and maintenance folks. Not all of the clerical, support staff or even food service have them,” said Stilley.
    The scanner system can be programed to accept key cards at certain times of the day in select buildings.
    “If we have a group coming in that wants to use a classroom, we can have the doors where they’re programmed to open, if the event is at 6 o’clock, open at five till and then lock five minutes after 6,” said Stilley.
    Consideration is being given to installing a KeyScan system at the high school cafeteria. It would provide more convenient access to students and teachers arriving back at school following a trip, rather than having to walk to a main entrance of the building.

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