Catholic Board Launches Security Upgrade for GTA Schools

TORONTO – With just over a month before the 2007-2008 school year begins, work crews have their hands full upgrading security at 53 GTA schools for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

Most of the high schools will receive upgraded or completely new camera systems, according to board spokesman David Standen. As an added improvement, staff will now be able to view footage online to better keep an eye on students. Standen believes vandalism drops when students know someone is watching.

Money does not appear to be an obstacle to the upgrades. The board is paying $700,000 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Secondary School alone, which will have 48 cameras at the end of the summer.

The number of GTA schools equipped with security systems will have risen to 202 by the time the work crews finish in August.

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