BATH TWP.: The Revere Board of Education is taking measures to enhance the safety and security of the district’s students and staff.
Board members said they approved three agenda items Tuesday as proactive steps in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December in Newtown, Conn.
In the largest expenditure, Acuity-vct Inc. will be paid $78,502 to provide and install several security cameras and a video storage system.
David Forrest, the district’s treasurer and chief financial officer, and Kevin Matowitz, coordinator of business services, said this work will entail upgrading some existing security cameras from analog to digital at three buildings.
The Cleveland company will install dozens of indoor and outdoor cameras, both fixed and dome, at Hillcrest Elementary, Bath Elementary and the Administration Building.
The upgraded system will allow local police — through their dispatch centers, onboard computers in patrol vehicles or via other mobile devices — to monitor the buildings’ cameras in real time.
The board also approved the $17,853 purchase of software and hardware to expand and upgrade the door-access control system, with new panels in each building to accommodate card readers.
Forrest and Matowitz said the current system was installed in 1998 and has limited functionality in reporting, management control and alert capabilities if the system is malfunctioning.
The new Web-based software will enhance accessibility, reduce costs and address deficiencies in the old system, officials said.
To support the new camera and door-access systems, the board approved the installation of fiber-optic cable at a cost of $12,320.
Funding for the projects will come from Revere’s permanent improvement fund.
District staff are investigating additional security enhancements, including the possible reconfiguration of entrance ways to provide for secured lobbies or reception areas.