The system being installed by Frontier Communications was purchased with $250,000 left over from the $50 million Measure V bond, which was approved by two-thirds of local voters in November 2008 to build Walnut Grove School.
Superintendent Philip Alfano said the phone equipment and software will help with call routing, emergency communications and automated messaging. In the case of 911 calls, the system can identify the specific classroom and school where a call originates.
School staff members will be able to transfer calls from school to school, as well as within a campus, according to Denise Sperle, general manager of Frontier Communications.
The school board voted June 4 to spend $743,000 from Measure V on phone, security and heating and air-conditioning systems at local schools and a new parking lot for Del Puerto High School after spending the remaining money on projects at various campuses.
Those include new auto shop and agriculture facilities at Patterson High School.
installation of the phone system at Las Palmas, Northmead and Grayson Charter elementary schools and Rising Sun School is expected to be finished within a month. Phone systems at the other five schools and the district office are complete.