Dayton Public Schools officials say a major security camera upgrade will improve safety for students and staff. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Dayton board to vote today on $3.3M school security cameras, work on new HQ

Dayton’s school board is expected to approve a $3.3 million contract today to dramatically improve security camera coverage within its schools. The board meets at 5 p.m. at 115 S. Ludlow St.

Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton said the changes will eventually increase the number of cameras in all 27 Dayton Public Schools while upgrading to newer technology that will provide dramatically clearer images.

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“We’re going from analog to digital, and the quality is just phenomenally, vastly different,” said DPS executive director of safety and security Richard Wright. “We’ve had issues with clarity and being able to identify individuals. This will help us better identify the subjects we have on video for information we can turn over to Dayton Police or other law enforcement.”

Dayton Public Schools has had recent problems with unclear images or incomplete coverage via security cameras. That affected response to both a 2016 stabbing of a student at World of Wonder school and an on-court 2018 basketball game brawl that led to an eligibility battle with the state.

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The contract is with Graybar Electric. Wright said installation will start this school year and will be done in phases over the next year or two, eventually to include administration and other buildings as well.

Other meeting items

** The school board will vote today on a $194,000 purchase requisition for renovation of DPS’ planned new headquarters building across Ludlow Street from the current offices. The contract is with Pinnacle Architects, “to provide architectural and engineering design services for the renovation.”

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** The board will vote on Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli’s recommendation to hire two “senior recruiters” as the district continues to overhaul its human resources department.

** Lolli is also recommending that the school board “appoint the firms of Frost, Brown & Todd, and Bricker & Eckler, to serve as legal counsel for the Dayton Public School district.” In recent years, DPS has had its own internal attorney, while also contracting some work out, frequently to Bricker & Eckler. But internal attorney Jyllian Bradshaw resigned this fall.

The agenda also includes a $228,000 increase in purchase requisitions for Bricker and Eckler – a $100,000 increase for ongoing legal services, plus $128,000 specifically tied to a 14-year-old enrollment lawsuit, the lawsuit over Wogaman school’s faulty roof and other issues.

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