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Security camera installation to help school district

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TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) - One Region Eight school district is using federal stimulus money to keep its students safe. The Jackson County School District is using more than $200,000 to buy cameras. But, not just any cameras. They're installing 70 security cameras.

"We probably wouldn't have done it to this extent without the stimulus," says Jackson County School District Superintendent Chester Shannon. He says the district is currently installing 70 security cameras throughout the district's campuses. Sixty percent of the project is being funded with stimulus money, with the other forty provided by the school district. Cameras will be mounted at entry ways and main offices, as well as overlooking the play grounds and parking lots.

"Being able to see the coming and going on campus on the weekend, and during after school activities is important. I hope it helps with our security and the safety of the children," says Shannon.

The cameras are able to record what's taking place on campus, and gives the faculty something to refer to if an incident occurs. And what's even better, school principals can even access the cameras from home.

"Any of the principals can pull up their campus at night at home on their laptop. If someone calls and says 'hey, we have a group of kids up there and something is going on,' we can see that," says Shannon.

13 cameras were also purchased to monitor activity on the buses. They're mounted in the front and middle of the bus. It is something Shannon hopes will help maintain a safe environment for children to and from school.

"You know it one driver and 60 kids. When kids are moving from one seat to the other, or getting up before the bus completely stops, it can be dangerous. These cameras can help monitor that," Shannon explains.

He says just the cameras' presence has already helped. "Some of the buses have cameras put in, but they're not hooked up yet. And already, It's amazing to see the difference in behavior on the bus, just knowing you're on camera," says Shannon.

Shannon says in the next six to eight weeks all of the camera should be up and running. He adds, the district went with larger recorders with more ports to give them option of expanding in the future.

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By Amanda Hanson - bio | email feedback

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) – With the help of stimulus money, Jackson County School District is in the process of installing 70 security cameras on campuses and buses district wide. 

Superintendent Chester Shannon says it's a $206,000.00 project.  Sixty percent of the project is being funded with stimulus money, with the other forty provided by the school district.  Shannon says without the help of stimulus money, the project would not have moved forward.

Coming up tonight on Region 8 News at 6 and 10, hear from Shannon on how he hopes the new technology will benefit the schools.   

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.

 

 

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