GOLIAD – When students return to school this fall they will find restrooms equipped with vape and bullying detectors.
Goliad High School Principal Brandon Enos briefed the Goliad Independent School District board of trustees Monday evening about the new system that includes 20 detectors installed in the high school, 18 installed in the high school Events Center and 12 in the middle school.
Enos cited research indicating that nationwide, vape use in school increased last year by 650 percent, noting 40 incidents last year on the GISD campuses.
The detectors were recommended earlier this year by a comprehensive GISD security committee.
The GISD board approved $37,825 to purchase the units, which Enos expects will be delivered in about four weeks.
The detectors are manufactured by the FlySense company, which grants a volume discount.
The school system will install the devices, which feed recorded data through Ethernet cables.
When a unit detects a cloud of smoke from a vape device, the data is recorded, appropriately, in cloud storage which is maintained by the A+ Security company.
With a $150 annual subscription fee, new or replacement software can be downloaded.
GISD will control who sees the notifications and how the notifications are transmitted either by mail or text. Daily reports are available, according to Enos’ research.
In addition to vape detection, the units also detect a sudden increase in ambient noise which it interprets as an instance of bullying.
GISD has elected to encase each device in a security case, even though Enos told the board the units would be installed on the ceilings, beyond the reach of students.
At the same board session, trustees nominated Brandon Huber again as board president, Trey Wimberly as vice president and Destry Gruetzmacher again as secretary.
New trustee Shelia Edwards was sworn in; she replaced Michelle Reitz, who decided not to run again.
Trustees Huber and Robert de la Garza were absent.
Bill Clough is the Goliad editor at the Advance-Guard Press and can be reached at 361-645-2330, or at goliad@mySouTex.com.