Cobb School Board should restore funding for security cameras
April 25, 2013 12:00 AM | 2259 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
School safety and security is foremost on the minds of many these days, especially in the wake of last year’s Newtown, Conn., shooting. And those concerns are reflected in the latest recommendations of the Cobb School Board’s Facility and Technologies Committee, which oversees SPLOST-related projects and funding.

The school board as part of across-the-board cuts in SPLOST-funded projects had pared about $1 million back in 2009 from an effort to install surveillance cameras in local schools. The F&T Committee at its February meeting suggested it was time to restore that funding, and the school board is to consider the matter at its meeting this evening.

“Wallace Coopwood came up with the idea that if we have the extra money, the most important place we could spend it is in safety and security,” F&T Chair Curt Johnston told the MDJ. “We certainly agreed with that.”

“We’ve been blessed not to have to deal with (a Newtown-style incident) in Cobb County, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in Cobb County,” he said.

Added Coopwood: “Schools are just so vulnerable. It’s just the right thing to do. We say we are a first-class district and ought to put our kids’ safety and security first.”

At present there are roughly 64 security cameras in each of Cobb’s 16 public high schools. The system had aimed to install digital surveillance cameras in each of Cobb’s 67 elementaries and replace older analog cameras in the high schools. But the 2009 cuts meant the system wasn’t able to start replacing the analog models.

Deputy Superintendent for Operations Chris Ragsdale said restoring the earlier funding cut should allow the district to replace all of the cameras. Surveillance cameras also are included in the latest Ed-SPLOST approved by Cobb voters earlier this year.

“In today’s environment with everything that’s happened, surveillance and safety is everyone’s top priority in schools,” he said. “They wanted to do everything they could to get an immediate resolution.”

Considering that the funding in question is relatively minimal; and the potential “upside” of having the cameras is so potentially crucial, restoring the funding should be an easy call tonight for the school board.
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No duh ?
May 15, 2013
YA THINK? Hope so tomorrow ..Should have been done 4 years ago TO MANY LIVES RUINED !! Pretty stupid not to have them in any schools now days.
May 13, 2013
These cameras would protect the TEACHERS from lying kids trying to get them fired. One teacher was accused by a girl that the teacher had taken her cell phone away, she began to curse at him and, one witness even said she said, "shut the F---" up to him and then went on to accuse him of yet a further charge. So far this lying straight F student has gotten 3 people fired with her lies, a principal, a teacher and a counselor. Good people, losing their incomes, their reputations, their retirement funds, and all because there were no security cameras to prove it was all a lie.
Replace with Guns
April 27, 2013
So-called security cameras only help make for better prosecution cases after something criminal has happened.

Instead, we need remote control guns with cameras so a central security center on Glover street can actively monitor student safety and in the event of a school shooter, shoot the shooter remotely from Glover Street. It's like a drone but safer because the guns would be mounted rather than flying, and the targets would be in the same room or hallway rather than miles and 50,000 feet of altitude away.

Drones hit their targets pretty accurately. Remotely controls guns in schools would be WAY more accurate. The time is now! NRA let's go!!

The NRA can train the remote gun operator. Shoot maybe the NRA will even help pay to set it all up here in Cobb as a model program for the nation. Finally we could be first at something in our schools instead of last!!!
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