McDONOUGH — Smile — you’re on camera.
Surveillance cameras are coming Henry County elementary schools.
The Henry County Board of Education is pursuing bids for a school surveillance contract that would outfit all 29 public elementary schools in the county with surveillance systems.
The board has a budget of $750,000 to provide for the systems, said J.D. Hardin, Henry’s communications specialist.
Hardin said the undertaking was an item listed on the board’s ESPLOST IV penny sales tax referendum, which voters approved in November of 2011. Tax collections are expected to bring in up to $225 million over a five-year span that begins in January.
Surveillance systems presently are not included at elementary schools in Henry.
“While the secondary schools in our system have many of the modern surveillance systems, through the recent passage of ESPLOST IV, it is now time to upgrade the safety measures at all of our elementary schools,” Hardin said. “The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority along with student learning.”
Allen Guimarin said the board’s goal is to have surveillance systems in place at elementary schools by the start of next school year.