The Franklin Area School Board this week voted to have card-access systems installed at the entrances to all school facilities as part of an effort to upgrade security measures in the school district.
The vote was taken to approve a $148,000 bid from a Seneca firm for the job. The price tag would also include more than $38,000 owed to an architect for work done in connection with the project.
The school board began a more serious investigation into limiting access to the schools when, on the day following the Boston Marathon explosions, a district parent attempted to make a point by showing up unannounced on school properties and opening doors he found to be unlocked. That parent has since been charged through the courts for his actions, and has been banned from school district property for six months.