STANFORD - Educators at Lincoln County High School will soon be getting a few extra eyes in the halls to help keep students safe. Twenty-four video cameras will be placed around the exterior and interior of the building, excluding stairways and bathrooms, to monitor student activity.
Principal Ty Howard said the staff is excited about the cameras and gave the example of a hall altercation in which they could be used. Rather than track down witnesses to the tussle, the cameras would have caught it all on tape, said Howard.
"It will really help the environment at the school," Howard said.
Sixteen devices will monitor the interior of the school and eight will monitor the exterior, covering most of the grounds, Howard said. The Board of Education accepted a bid of almost $22,000 for the cameras and training at its meeting Thursday.
The cameras come in response to vehicle damages that occurred in the high school parking lot during seniors' last week of school. About 18 cars were vandalized with products like honey, glitter and plastic wrap during seniors' early dismissal the week of graduation.