All of the people who have their licenses scanned also are kept on record with the school.
"It's not being invasive, it's being safe," Martin said.
Additionally, all classroom doors can be locked from the inside with a key. Should an emergency occur in the hallway, teachers and students can stay inside their rooms.
"The whole point is not to have to come in and expose yourself to whoever's out here," Allred said.
The connected systems also monitor energy use and how much has been saved "down to the last kilowatt," Martin said.
The new school isn't all about keeping the bad guys out; it's also about maintaining a positive learning environment.
Desk and chairs are ready for students and learning materials already are arranged in the preschool and kindergarten area. At the end of this hallway is the library and computer lab, which will adjoin an outdoor classroom.
Preschoolers will have their own fenced-in play area, which is encircled by the school like a courtyard. Playgrounds for the older children and a paved walking path will also be there.
Perpendicular to the preschool and kindergarten wing is the area for first through third graders. Around the corner is fourth and fifth graders' area. There are also classrooms for Title I students and those with behavioral problems.
Near the front of the school are the art and music classrooms. The plans for this wing had to be expanded, which caused some initial delay in the school's construction. Despite setbacks, Allred remains impressed.
"This is way above and beyond most elementaries," he said.
The first day of school at West Side Elementary will be July 8. With plans for a second new elementary school near Edgewood Country Club in the works, Martin said there is even more to look forward to.
He hopes that school will be certified through Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, or Leed. If so, it would be partially powered with solar and wind energy.
"This one has a lot of new technology," he said of the first school. "But the next one will have tons of technology."
Contact writer Amber Marra at amber.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4843.