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Security Cameras To Be Added To Hart District Campuses

Security cameras will capture after-hours activities on high school and junior high campuses.

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Security cameras
will be added to the campuses of high schools and junior high schools in the
Hart District after the governing board approved the purchase at the board’s
regular meeting.

 

“They take full
color in good lighting and with low lighting, a high definition black and white
picture,” said Pat Willett, Public Information Officer for the district.

 

The camera
project comes on the heels of a budget cutback that cut lighting on high school
campuses from 10 p.m.
to 5
a.m., a move
that saved the district $228,000.

 

When the
lighting was cut, district facilities manager Rob Gapper talked to KHTS and
said they weren’t trying to provide an opportunity for vandalism.

 

“The idea is to
save as many costs as we can without jeopardizing our campuses. We don’t want to
create an opportunity for theft and vandalism, but our findings are that not
much happened between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.”

 

Willett said
that the cameras are being installed as a collaborative effort between the Hart
District and the local sheriff’s department. The project is being financed by a
grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and matching district funds.

 

The initial
project includes 12 cameras at each comprehensive high school, six at each
junior high and five at Bowman High, with sufficient infrastructure to add more
cameras in the future as funding becomes available.

 

Cameras will be
placed in public areas of the campuses where they will be most effective and images
will be recorded so they can be replayed if an incident occurs. The output can
also be monitored in real time in case of an emergency or reports of suspicious
activity.