Iowa Middle School Gets Video Surveillance Makeover

After several cameras have failed recently, the school will upgrade its legacy models to an all-digital system.

CARROLL, Iowa – Carroll Middle School, located here, is getting a video surveillance system overhaul after its legacy system has suffered multiple failures in recent years.

Building and Grounds Keeper Jeff Devorak told radio station 1380 KCIM the school has been forced to relocate a few of the working cameras from nonessential areas to more critical locations leaving the others unmonitored. In order to replace the camera system it will cost the district $73,589; however, Dvorak says with a new digital camera system visuals will be more detailed and coverage will increase ten-fold. Cameras will also be installed outside the building where there were previously none.

Walsh Door & Hardware Company of Des Moines, which also installed a security system at an area high school, submitted the bid to install the middle school camera system. The company estimates it will take approximately 240 hours to install with the earliest start date in September.

With school in session by that time the company will schedule the work around the daily class schedule so no interruptions will occur, the radio station reported. The cost of the system will be paid using sales tax dollars.

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