The system allows for automated background checks by scanning campus visitors' state issued IDs or driver's licenses.
The district has scanners at Marietta Middle, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy and Park Street Elementary, but visitors to other schools had to be scanned in at the central office. The $18,504 purchase from Houston-based Raptor Technologies, Inc. provides for scanners at all the district's schools. Names may also be manually entered into the scanners, said Preston Howard, assistant superintendent of operations and policy development.
The scanners print out a sticker for visitors to wear as an identification badge.
Howard said names can be typed into the national sex offender registry free of charge, but this purchase allows for instant identification.
"You're paying for the ability to take that card and automatically scan it," he said. "...This is just a deterrent and a way of ensuring that people don't slip through the cracks."
The board approved the purchase, which was funded by a grant secured by the Marietta Police Department, in a vote of 5-0, with members Stuart Fleming and Tom Cheater absent.
"We truly appreciate the partnership we have with the police department. They were critical in helping us obtain that funding," board member Jill Mutimer said.