LACONIA — The School District is evaluating whether or not it wants to spend $33,000 for a district-wide security server that could be viewed by administrators or the police, if needed.
Information Technology Director Jeff Twombly said he could design the platform such that up to 150 cameras could be viewed through a single server.
Right now, said Twombly, the district has 125 cameras spread over 10 different servers. While the cameras can always be viewed, they cannot be viewed at the same time or with the same software.
"This would put it under one umbrella," he said.
Twombly also said that of the 125 cameras in the schools, about 50 of them are "good cameras". Most of those cameras are at the Huot Technical Center and the Laconia Middle School. While the other 75 are still operating, he said their resolution is fuzzy and many are using outdated software.
He described it as a "big, disjointed network".
For the future, the district would look to systematically replace and, in some cases, relocate cameras using technology that would work with the single data platform.
Business Administrator Ed Emond said each camera costs about $500, including installation and licensing.
Board Chair Joe Cormier suggested the school treat security cameras like it does computers and set up a rotation whereby some percentage of cameras is replaced every year so the system can stay reasonably current.
Twombly said he would be working with the Police Department when he designs the new platform because, ideally, he would like police to be able to view the schools from the police station and not have to go from school to school to review footage.
Emond said the money will come from an $18,000 from the Middle School equipment budget line and $15,000 from the high school technology budget line.
Two years ago and in the wake of the Sandy Hook, Conn. school shooting, the board spent $57,000 on security upgrades. Cormier said those upgrades were for doors, windows, locks and some internal cameras so visitors could be identified by school administrators before they are allowed into the building.
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