The goal is to raise $62,000 to pay for cameras at the district’s high schools and one of its middle schools, and $43,000 has already been raised.
"It's an additional safety feature that our board and administration felt like was absolutely worth the investment. And again as we always do, safety is going to be our number one concern. And this is just another one of those layers of safety," district communications director Meredith Bounds said.
“We want staff to feel safe and supported when they come to work,” said Dame Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’s. “Any unprovoked violence and aggression towards staff is unacceptable.”
When students at Grandview High School returned to campus last week, there were almost 140 new surveillance cameras on site as part of efforts to increase student safety.
“The use of these funds to purchase these cameras for our district is a much-welcomed relief,” Superintendent for Central High Public Schools Bennie Newton said.
Predicting campus security trends ahead of the New Year.
Being able to access school cameras in an emergency would allow the police to locate a shooter or intruder more quickly and learn more key information that would help with a rapid response, according to Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds.
Keeping K-12 schools safe is a challenging business. School administrators and security personnel face the task of weighing real and perceived threats, and finding effective and cost-efficient ways to address them while maintaining a non-threatening environment.
According to Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton, Dayton Public Schools will increase the number of cameras on all 27 campuses while upgrading to newer video surveillance tech with clearer images.
“I believe the exterior cameras would allow the administration to see anybody entering and exiting any door on the exterior of the buildings,” Superintendent Mike Fournier said.