“A big part of this is to refocus everything and make sure that we’re getting what we want and we’re not intruding into areas where we don’t want [the cameras] to be,” Hackett said at the time. “So far, we have [some] cameras that aren’t providing any footage.”

Now, the district is following up the first phase installation, which cost around $148,000, with a final phase of camera system adjustments expected to cost around $123,000. The D97 school board unanimously approved the costs of the final phase work at a regular meeting on April 21. Addison-based Pentegra Systems, the lowest qualified bidder, won the bid for the project.

The final phase, which is projected to start in FY 2021 and go on for the next three to five years, includes replacing seven exterior school cameras at Brooks, Julian, Beye and Mann; refreshing seven cameras at the district’s administration building; any year-to-year maintenance costs that may come up; and the 5-year license renewal, Hackett said.

Hackett said principals and other building administrators throughout the district have responded positively to the camera upgrades, lauding the crisper images on the new cameras and the fact that the cameras work at all, unlike the old camera system.

Hackett said building administrators also wanted additional camera coverage in some parts of the district where surveillance is lacking. 

The total budget of both phases of the security camera project will have come out to around $271,000 — roughly $21,000 over an original budget of $250,000.

Hackett said the original total budget for the camera project was not based on an accurate count of all the cameras in the district. Once the first phase was completed and a “detailed camera audit” was conducted, officials were able to make more accurate budget projections, he said.

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