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Hart security back on track

Posted: November 6, 2008 7:02 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2008 4:59 a.m.
 
The Hart district governing board voted Wednesday to award the bid for its security camera project to Focus Micro, Inc.

The William S. Hart Union High School District will pay Focus Micro, Inc. $196,000 to purchase and install security cameras at each high school and junior high school.

"We were the only school district in the state to receive this particular safety grant," said Rob Gapper, chief operations officer for the district. "These cameras will be just one tool in sort of an arsenal we have to ensure the safety of our students."

Half of the funds, $98,000l, will come from the district's maintenance and operations fund and half will be provided by a Secure Our Schools Grant.

A committee made up of district employees and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's deputies looked at security camera systems at Granada Hills and Moorpark high schools before deciding to install cameras at local schools.

"Each of the schools that had cameras put in had an immediate reduction in incidents at the school," said Sgt. Dean Curry. "So this is a preventative measure."

To start, there will be 12 cameras installed at each traditional district high school, six cameras at each junior high and five cameras at Bowman High School. Most of the cameras will be at campus entrances, exits and a few problem areas.

"We're starting small, and we can always add more cameras later," said Daniel McHorney, director of technology services for the district. "There could eventually be up to 35 to 40 per high school."

The project is scheduled to start in December and will be completed in about four months.

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