LISBON, Iowa - The Lisbon Community School District is in for a security makeover.
The district is spending $70,000 on about 50 new cameras.
They’re slated to be installed this summer in all of the buildings. Currently, the district only has about half a dozen cameras.
District administrators will have eyes on students everywhere, even on school buses.
“There will be a camera in the front and a camera in the back of the bus,” said Facilities Director Sam Capron.
Capron said the district is installing the cameras to keep kids safe. With dozens of kids on board, he said more and more districts are turning to the technology.
“There’s just been so much of this bullying stuff, and hopefully this is going to help with that,” Capron said.
Superintendent Pat Hocking said crews will soon remove the outdated cameras that produce blurry video. The new digital technology will help clearly see who is coming in and out of the buildings and what students are up to.
“This is more of a just safety issue amongst our students, you know, how they treat each other, what they are doing. We follow a lot of the character stuff around here, and it just keeps everybody that much more honest and that much safer in the hallways,” Hocking said.
Administrators said they’re the only ones who will monitor the cameras.
Superintendent Hocking said the $70,000 expense is one parents pushed for during community meetings.
Capron, who has worked in the district for 18 years, knows keeping kids safe is vital.
“It’s everything. That’s our future,” Capron said.
The money to pay for the camera upgrade is coming from a physical plant and equipment levy, known as the PPEL. Those dollars can be used for things like buildings, buses and technology.
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