Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

High School Implements All in One ID System

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

High School Implements All in One ID System

Article excerpt

Zion Benton Township High School is a school of 2,100 students, located on Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Chicago at the Wisconsin/Illinois border. It stands out as a model for other urban schools that are looking for ways to increase overall security. They earned their reputation by implementing several special initiatives, including the training of hall-monitors, hiring a safety staff, setting up a sign-in system for guests, purchasing two-way radios for the entire staff, and hiring a full-time police officer as a school resource.

Though all of these security measures were in place, Zion Benton believed one other factor of security needed to be implemented: personal identification. Students, faculty and staff needed a way to identify themselves and access facilities. Along with utilizing photo IDs for security needs, the students use the bar-coded cards to purchase food in the cafeteria on the debit system, to check out library materials, to purchase supplies and to expedite textbook distribution.

Making the Choice

To enroll over 2,100 students at the start of each school year, Zion Benton needed a system that was reliable and easy to use. Local support for both sales and service was also important. Coordinator of safety and attendance Terry Evans and Principal Sandy Galgan were important decision-makers in the process of purchasing the photo ID system. "In addition to enrolling 2,100 students in two days, we also have two people here who print IDs for other occasions throughout the year," says Evans. "These other cards include Memorial Cards, IDs for the local Booster Club, IDs for students attending a Washington field trip and matching luggage tags for the trip."

To meet these varied needs, Zion Benton High School purchased a photo ID system from Datacard Group. …

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