New software will screen visitors to JBE

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By Carolyn Risner

Joyce Bullock Elementary School administrators are taking extra precaution this fall to ensure they know just who is on their campus.

Frances LaSalle, assistant principal, came before the Williston Chamber of Commerce last week to inform members of software the school hopes to purchase to help regulate the more than 6,000 visitors to their school each year.

LaSalle said the new software would scan a visitor’s driver’s license and would tap into the sex offender database to alert administrators to any potentially dangerous guests at the school.

The software would also take the driver’s license photo and print it onto a label so staff would know who is among them.

The cost for the software is $1,400 plus some $500 annual maintenance fee. Several chamber members verbally supported the safety measure with one saying he thought he could help solicit donations to pay for the new ID software.