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DCSS reviews security at every school

August 29, 2007

Albany  --  Safe schools are a top priority in Dougherty County. That's why the school system is reviewing security at every school. They want to know which schools need improvement and how they can best protect students.

If you want to get into Radium Springs Middle School, it's not as easy as just walking in the door. Every entry into the school is locked, except the front door. Teachers and other staff members must use a badge in order to be allowed access.

And while walking up to the school, or around inside, smile, because you're being recorded on one of many cameras throughout the campus. "The cameras first and foremost serve as a deterrent," says Assistant Principal Vinson Davis.

He says the cameras keep any mischievous students from committing mischievous acts. A color monitoring system, and computer software, allows administrators and office staff to keep an eye on kids all day, but the cameras don't shut off when school shuts down. "The cameras operate 24 hours a day, so they're always on," said Davis.

Not all schools have systems as sophisticated as Radium Middle's. But it may not be long before they are put in place.   "I want to ensure that we have as comprehensive a security system as possible," said School Board Chairman Michael Windom.

He asked the school police force to break it down. Which schools have state of the art systems like this, and which schools are lacking altogether?   "We just want to have an understanding going on around us so we can react to any activity that may be inappropriate," Windom said.

And you never know, these cameras just may catch someone doing something right. If more surveillance systems are needed, sales tax revenue may be available to pay for them.

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