Walpole Superintendent Lincoln Lynch said the Newtown tragedy also played a part in his request for additional school cameras, as part of a larger security plan. The administration made a similar request, unsuccessfully, for several years but “this year it’s getting some traction,” he said.
Lynch said the proposal, which the Walpole School Committee has endorsed, calls for using $37,000 from the capital budget to buy 18 more cameras for the high school, which could be linked to the Police Department. He noted that the school already has a few cameras in main locations, and since the money would not come from the operating budget, “I won’t have to reduce a teacher or instructional materials to pay for it.”
Lynch said the proposal – which also includes additional cameras at the middle and elementary schools, for a total expense of $109,000 – still has to go through several steps before reaching Town Meeting in May.
“I welcome input from the students,” he said. “We’re pleased that they have taken an interest in their educational community. The kids [are] very articulate and respectful.”
Ross Bubly, a senior who helped start SOS, said students plan to go to as many meetings as necessary. “This town government stuff is new to us, but we want to have our voices heard,” he said.
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