Thanks to the passage of Wharton Independent School District’s $59 million bond that voters approved in November 2018, Sivells Elementary School will have a complete blanket of surveillance protection starting next school year.
During a regular Tuesday, May 28 meeting, the Wharton ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a video surveillance system at a cost of $115,747 to be designed by Stanton Engineers and installed by Dallas Security for the school.
Sivells was the last school in the district to receive video monitoring.
Sivells, which does not currently have cameras, will now have 34 cameras, most of which are multi-view, totaling between 80 and 120 views of the school’s perimeter, both interior and exterior, covering all corridors and all of the playground.
Sivells will have a separate camera network from others in the district so that an employee from another part of the district cannot watch its cameras.
WISD’s Assistant Superintendent of Operations S.B. Pierson said the video surveillance system will be integrated with the current security system.
Staff who have access, as well as police, can view by computer, web interface or mobile device.
The cameras will all be mounted by the first day of school.