Northside ISD begins massive camera surveillance project

WIth 73 elementary schools, project is expected to take 18 months to complete

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SAN ANTONIO - Northside ISD says its elementary schools will have digital security surveillance cameras and access controls installed over the next 18 months.

Approved by voters in the School Bond 2010 election, the school says the $13.4 million project takes on added urgency in the wake of the recent shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.

All Northside high schools and middle schools have had security cameras for the past few years. The school says those were funded out of School Bonds 2004 and 2007.

"This technology gives us a tool to make schools safer," said Leroy San Miguel, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities. "It's important that we move on it as soon as possible."

San Miguel describes the security deployment as massive as NISD has 73 elementary schools of various designs, which have been built since 1950.

"As much as we would like to make this happen overnight, it's just physically impossible," said San Miguel, referring to the 18-month installation timeline.

The high definition system will include an undisclosed number of perimeter cameras per school, as well as provide access control and integrate intrusion alarms and fire alarms into one system. Because of security concerns, the school says not all details of the placement of the cameras will be published.

The school says the camera system will also be used in conjunction with the Raptor system, currently in use in all NISD elementary schools, which requires that visitors swipe their driver’s license to get a visitor badge.


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