Adams Middle School recently installed surveillance cameras to reduce problems at the school, and they are ready to install more.
Camera recordings can be replayed for up to six months to see how things happened, Principal Jeff Steinbeck told the school board Tuesday.
“It gives us the opportunity to see incidents between students, when we might not get as much information otherwise,” Steinbeck said. “And, the cameras monitor comings and goings at the school 24-7.”
Adams was broken into on July 9. Camera recordings identified the culprits and led to their arrests.
Police said five 14-15 year-old boys entered the school and basically horsed around, but a fire extinguisher came up missing and investigators believe one of the boys took it, police spokesman John Deal told the Bulletin. That boy was charged with burglary, and all of them were charged with trespassing and curfew violations.
Two of the boys also broke into a Centennial Park concession stand and stole food that night, Deal said.
A second phase of cameras will be installed at Adams, and Madison Middle School Principal Tom Coviello told the school board the cameras there need to be updated, too.
The money will come from money the schools did not spend during the school year just concluded, as well as building depreciation funds, Business Manager Stu Simpson told the board.
Hinton’s Lock and Alarm put in the low bid for the second phase of cameras at Adams -- $22,479.50, Simpson said, and the board accepted it.
In the next phase of camera installation at Adams, 19 cameras will be placed with three 16 channel DVRs, Simpson said.
At Madison, bids are being evaluated, ranging from $11,000 to $12,000 for 23 cameras with 2-16 channel DVRs. Two outside cameras will be installed.