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December 16, 2009 > Video system online at Logan

Video system online at Logan

Submitted By Rick La Plante

A long-awaited video surveillance system, designed to enhance student safety and improve campus security at James Logan High School, has become operational.

A total of 24 cameras have been installed, at various points throughout the campus as well as the new Performing Arts Center, the football stadium, the swimming and tennis complexes and the athletic fields behind the school. Administrators were trained, and parents, students and staff, have been notified - by telephone and in the school newsletter - that the cameras are now in operation.

"This is a project that Logan's School Site Council has been advocating for several years; in fact, it is site bond-measure money that is being used to pay for the system," said New Haven Unified School District Superintendent Kari McVeigh. Installation cost $128,718, part of Logan's share of Measure A, a $120 million bond approved by New Haven voters in 2003.

"It's important that people realize that Logan is a safe campus, similar to most high schools," Principal Amy McNamara said. "Video surveillance will enhance student safety, and it also will reduce the problems of graffiti and vandalism that come with any public building."

The Board of Education in June 2007 adopted a policy permitting the use of video surveillance, citing "responsible and limited use of video surveillance cameras in certain areas of school buildings and grounds (as) an additional and effective means ... to foster an educational environment for students, staff and visitors; to deter student drug use and violence; and to protect District property and equipment." Video surveillance "shall not occur in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy."

A video surveillance system also is operational at the District's Corporation Yard.

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