Published February 11. 2013 4:00AM
Old Lyme - The Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education will install security cameras at the entrances of the middle school and elementary schools this year.
The cameras will allow school personnel to monitor people entering the buildings to help ensure the safety of students, Superintendent of Schools Ian Neviaser said at last week's school board meeting.
At its Dec. 5 meeting, the board had approved new "visitor access control systems" with "video monitoring, locked entry doors, and buzzer systems," Neviaser wrote in a December letter to parents.
The vote at Wednesday's meeting widened the scope of the security initiative to include two additional cameras at each school and approved the cost of the $22,760 bid from Connected Systems of Old Lyme for the camera system. The expenditure will come from the district's Facilities Contingency account.
Neviaser said security experts recommended the installation of the system.
The system will permit school officials to see people approaching or entering the schools from a farther distance and at additional angles, explained John Rhodes, the schools' director for facilities and technology. An additional feature of the system is the ability to record video.
Connected Systems also installed a camera system as part of the high school construction project, according to the schools' document on the system's background.