UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 1:27pm
Midway, TX — Midway ISD is making their first big purchase with their bond money that was approved back in May.
The district is spending $375,000 to buy 161 new security cameras. 430 cameras are already in use, spread out at facilities across the district. The first phase of installation will take place at the high school, where cameras that are about 11 years old will be replaced. The older cameras, the district says, are analog, have poor focusing abilities, and poor video quality. With the replacement of those cameras, the district says there will be about a net of 60 new cameras.
Because the district is under budget, they plan to use excess funds to buy some of the additional cameras for needed areas. The additional cameras will also help balance the number of cameras on each of the district's campuses.
"What we're trying to do is provide preventative mechanisms and have those in place. But, if we do need them, then we're going to have the security coverage there where we can provide that information to police officers, SROs, principals, assistant principals as needed," said MISD Executive Director of Technology, Adam Feind.
With the same bond money, MISD also plans to purchase 30 new school buses. Each bus will have a security camera on it as well.
The district anticipates having new camera installations completed before school starts. Their deadline is September 1.