At its Tuesday meeting, the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education approved the installation of 65 to 70 security cameras at Malabar Intermediate School.
Hardware costs for the cameras, wiring, etc. is $25,782, and installation will be performed by Crider Solutions Inc. of Mansfield at a cost of $16,500.
According to the District website, work will be performed during the District’s winter, which this year runs between December 20 and January 2. In his comments, Treasurer Robert Kuehnle shared, “Last year we had the funds for the server, now we’re adding the cameras and software,” Kuehnle said. “Fayette Adams and Ken Abshire of the technology department walked throughMalabar with principal Andrea Moyer and assistant principal Tom Hager to determine the best placement for the cameras. Our plan is to have them operational by Janiary 1.”
New cameras have been installed at Mansfield Senior High and Prospect Elementary. Kuehnle said the goal is to install cameras at Sherman Elementary School during spring break.
Chief academic officer Stephen Rizzo told the board that Mansfield City Schools has received a safety grant of approximately $18,000 that can be used for equipment, training or any other aspect of enhancing district safety.
A visitor screening system already in use at Mansfield Senior High/Malabar Middle School will be expanded to other buildings as funds allow, Kuehnle said. As described, after an individual uses the exterior intercom to announce his/her name and reason for seeking entry, a secretary uses a switch to unlock the door to the main office. Once inside, the visitor is asked to provide his/her driver’s license so that the bar code on the back can be scanned. The scan checks the National Sex Offender Registry.
Source: Mansfield City Schools