Medina will pursue $300K in security camera upgrades for school district

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 April 2018 at 7:33 am

MEDINA – The school district wants to upgrade its security cameras and has submitted a plan to the State Education Department for about $300,000 in upgrades.

The money would come from the $2,000,222 approved for Medina in November 2014 in a state-wide referendum as part of the Smart Schools Bond Act.

The Medina Board of Education on Tuesday approved sending the plan to the state for approval. The district wants to replace existing security cameras, add more cameras to the campus. The new cameras are higher resolution.

“They can ‘see’ more with a bigger range,” said Mark Kruzynski, the district superintendent.

The project would include new cables and wires, and server upgrades for the cameras.

Medina is making a big push to upgrade its computer technology and make it more accessible for students.

The district is going one-to-one with computers, working towards a goal to have a laptop for every student in grades 4 through 12 in the next three years. The district is leasing Chromebook laptops and students will be assigned one.

The district piloted the program with a few classrooms about two years ago. It expanded this year for one full grade level.

The district will make the computers available to about 1,200 students in grades 4 to 12, Kruzynski said. If students don’t have WiFi or Internet access at their homes, the laptops will have a wireless adaptor that will allow for access, he said.

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