Lake Central Technology Director Rick Moreno said that even with more than 300 cameras in place at the high school, there are still places inside and outside the campus where 100 to 150 cameras could be added.
The 99 new cameras will supplement more than 700 cameras already installed in district campuses and replace older model cameras.
The school’s video surveillance system includes many 4-K cameras. The cameras are heat sensing and can be set up to trigger alarms for designated parts of the campus.
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According to Jennifer Burks, associate superintendent of technology and innovation, 12 of the district’s 14 middle and high schools have had state-of-the-art video systems installed, and the district is working on installing the equipment at the final two middle schools.
The school district plans to use the funds to install 18 indoor and outdoor security cameras in and around its elementary school building.
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Per the agreement, the access will be restricted to emergency situations such as a threat to the school, a 911 call received from the school or somewhere nearby or assistance requested by the school.
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.