Released by Marshall Independent School District
MARSHALL/HARRISON COUNTY (KYTX) – A 28-camera security system will be installed at Marshall Junior High School over the Christmas holiday break and is expected to be fully operational soon after students return for classes in January.
The cameras, to be installed by KLC Video Security of Texarkana, will be placed at key locations within the three-story building as well as outside the building. A total of 22 cameras will be located within the school and an additional six will monitor outside activity at key locations.
"This is a very important part of our overall plan to increase security and safety at all of our campuses," said Dr. Marc Smith, MISD Superintendent. "There was an area of need for cameras at our junior high school and we are pleased to be able to install these cameras and have them up and running soon after school resumes after the holidays."
The system will include the 28 two-megapixel cameras as well as a six-terrabyte Network Video Recorder (NVR) to store the recorded footage. Matt Calvert, MISD Executive Director of Finance, said the plan is to have the system up and running by the time students return for class on Jan. 14, although that date is tentative as technical issues could arise as the system goes live.
"We do not expect any delays," Calvert said. "However, until the system goes live we won't know how our network will respond. Our MISD tech team will be on point to troubleshoot any issues that may arise."
"It is a great advantage to have cameras on campus," said David Segers, MJHS Principal. "We have been planning this the entire fall semester and we are excited to gain this new technology."
The security cameras are part of a general review of all campus emergency management plans that have been ongoing throughout the school year. Each MISD campus is required to have an updated crisis management plan that is reviewed annually, as well as a general district crisis management plan that is also updated annually.
"There is nothing more important to us the than the safety and security of our students," said Dr. Smith. "We will continue to review our plan and look for ways to improve our campus safety in order to ensure the most effective educational experience possible that we can provide for our students."