Technology could be key to safer schools


Can a local company be the security schools need in active shooter situations? The company’s president thinks so.

Tuesday was Field Day at Resurrection Catholic School, and while the kids are focused on having fun, the school’s principal is focused on keeping them safe.

“It’s terrifying as an administrator to have the weight of the children, their safety, on my shoulders,” Theresa Berendes said.

Given the increased frequency of school shootings, Resurrection, like many schools across the country, has looked into ways to become more secure.

Berendes says her school turned to a local company, Business Communication Solutions.

“Because my fear is always if we do have to go on lock down, how quick of a response can we have?” She asked. “Being able to just push a button on the wall here in my office, and all of that is activated automatically sounds wonderful.”

BCS is providing that button. The Evansville company started in telephones, and expanded into other technologies including security.

“There’s other things we need to do to help protect our kids, but this certainly is a good start, and it keeps the building secure, and let’s law enforcement know where people are,” President Jason Buchanan said.

The company has installed systems in some of Evansville’s private schools, including Resurrection, and says it’s been getting a lot of business since schools have gotten grant money through the school safety bill.

Some of the systems can allow staff to remotely put classrooms in lockdown, and allow schools to immediately alert law enforcement when there’s an emergency situation.

“I think everybody’s still getting used to it, and it’s fairly new still, a lot of the things that we’re doing, but I think better understanding of what’s going on in the building is the big thing,” Buchanan said.

Berendes says the added security eases her mind, and she thinks it’ll soon become commonplace in all schools.

“It’s sad that we have to think this way. We’re here to educate the kids,” Berendes said.

The company hasn’t installed systems in any of the EVSC schools, but Buchanan says he would like to work with those schools.

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(This story was originally published May 22, 2018)

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