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Lone Star College System wants to increase security measures with bond referendum

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Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 01:04

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AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson

Life Flight personnel rush a victim wounded in a stabbing attack on the Lone Star community college system’s Cypress, Texas campus into Memorial Hermann Hospital Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Houston.

Security could be increased within the Lone Star College System, along with other upgrades, if the more than $497.7 million bond referendum gets passed.

The bond referendum will be put up for vote on May 11 elections. The security measures that will be changed will include:

  • More video surveillance capabilities installed inside campus buildings and exterior locations.
  • Enhance lighting, emergency call boxes and sirens.
  • Enhance public address systems.
  • Automate door locking systems with implementation of new electronic badge access.
  • Expand alert system to fully integrate automated, simultaneous deployment of emergency announcements and personal messaging.
  • Richard Carpenter, Ph.D., LSCS chancellor, told the Cypress Creek Mirror that these safety measures are not related to the recent attacks at Lone Star-CyFair.

“The safety of our students, faculty and staff has always been a top priority and these proposed projects are not new they were outlined well in advance of the recent incident at LSC-CyFair,” Carpenter said. “Attention to the details is at an all-time high, the bond referendum underscores the multitude of needs associated with our unprecedented student enrollment growth.”

Fourteen people were injured at Lone Star-Cy Fair when a student started stabbing other students on campus on April 9. Three people were injured when a gun fight broke out at the Lone Star- North Harris campus earlier in the year.

Carpenter said the security systems that LSCS has in place work “as intended” but with the large growth of students, improvements need to be made.

Members of the LSCS board of trustees voted unanimously to put the bond referendum  in front of Harris County, Montgomery County and San Jacinto County voters.

According to a LSCS press release, the 2013 bond referendum “expands capacity to meet unprecedented student population growth.”

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