WHHS to receive security camera upgrade through grant
WHHS to receive security camera upgrade through grant
Posted on 11/24/2014
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WEST HAVEN, Nov. 18, 2014 — The school district will soon upgrade West Haven High School’s security camera system through a state grant as it completes a districtwide initiative that has brought new camera systems to its other schools.

The grant of $162,477.09 is part of the state’s School Security Grant Program and requires $48,149.16 in matching funds from the city, which provides a total of $210,625.25 for the work. The city and school district collaborated in applying for the state funding in an effort to improve school safety.

“We’re very thankful that the state will be assisting us with this final camera upgrade. School security is of utmost concern, and this project will enhance safety at West Haven High School and make it easier for the school’s administrators to keep an eye on different areas of the building,” Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro said.

The work is expected to start in January or February, according to Director of Facilities Joseph Falzone. Around 80 new indoor cameras and 18 outdoor cameras will be installed at WHHS to replace the current system, which still uses VHS tapes. The grant funding will cover not only the new cameras, but also mounting equipment, hardware, wires, hard drives, program licensing and other related expenses.

“As we confront the challenges in a post-9/11 society, it is critically important that we do everything in our power to protect our children,” Mayor Edward M. O’Brien said. “This state grant funding will strengthen West Haven High School’s comprehensive security strategy by providing a new high-tech camera system to help safeguard our students.”

WHHS is the final school in the West Haven Public School District to receive funding from the School Security Grant Program for a new camera system, as the other buildings received money from previous rounds of the state’s school safety grant program last year. While school resource officers are either stationed at or visit district schools throughout the school day and during after-school events, and all have buzzer systems at their doors, the updated camera systems allow the district to continue strengthening safety efforts.

The former Anna V. Molloy Elementary School also received state grant funding and new camera equipment because it accommodates West Haven Community House classrooms for young children, some Board of Education services, and a mock apartment for special education students to visit and use for life skills classes.

Though there is a planned construction of a new WHHS building, the school will receive the cameras now, since the completion of construction is still years away.  City Grants Writer Eileen M. Krugel noted that the camera equipment can also be used in the new high school when it is built.

 

Contact: Communications Director Susan Misur, 203-937-4300 X7114; susan.misur@whschools.org