CPS proposes $7M camera system at high schools

July 23, 2011 10:00:00 PM PDT
Despite district-wide budgetary constraints, Chicago Public Schools says it wants to invest in a $7 million state-of-the-art security camera system for fiscal year 2012.

CPS says the cameras would enhance safety and foster a better environment for students and staff. Similar donated cameras had already been placed into some CPS schools.

The new plan calls for 50 to 80 high-definition cameras being placed in 14 high schools identified by the district as high-risk for criminal activity.

Schools selected to receive cameras are: Clemente, Hyde Park, Sullivan, Morgan Park, Orr, Marshall, Dunbar, Tilden, Bogan, Wells, Senn, Juarez, Julian and Farragut.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has proposed the $7 million strategy, following a pilot program at Fenger High School. Officials say misconduct, arrests and crimes have dropped at the high school since installation of the high-tech camera system. The system also is installed at Solorio and South Shore high schools.

Brizard says creating safe schools is vital for teaching and learning.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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