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Agueda Johnston Middle School installs security cameras

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Agueda Johnston Middle School steps up to beef up the security at their school while DOE waits for GSA to request for bids for the Secure Our Schools Act.

While the Department of Education waits for an IFB for the Secure Our Schools Act, AJMS has taken a proactive approach to ensure their campus and students are safe. Assistant principal of student support services Angel Legaspi said, "We have been working on it for the last several months and it has been slowly coming online and the last of the forty was online a week ago."

He adds that the installation is now complete. The school took it upon themselves to fundraise and install 40 cameras on campus which cost about $7,000. He says that is just a fraction of the cost since school staff spent countless hours doing the installation. "You could actually walk into the gates and we could actually follow your footsteps wherever you go on the campus the only place of course the cameras are not allowed is in the classrooms inside the restrooms the locker rooms where areas of privacy are observed."

And so far investing in a security system has proven to be a smart decision, as three weeks ago the cameras caught burglars in action ransacking their offices. "Three weeks ago our school got burglarized and we were able to capture on video burglars in action in the main office as they were ransacking the offices and those were actually saved and provided to GPD," he said.

But the cameras not only allow school administrators to view every square inch of the campus but are also an additional pair of eyes to keep students in-check. "School safety is foremost of all making sure that our students are safe at all times because not enough school aides it is not possible to provide active supervision to all the school grounds so cameras help in providing supervision making sure that those off limit areas are observed at all times," he said.

In addition Legaspi says they are able to monitor the school grounds from their cellphones. They are also able to receive alerts if there are trespassers on school grounds, saying, "And that is a real big thing because every time that we wake up in the middle of the night we just turn it on for a few seconds and we get the whole view of the school what's going on in the school at any given time of day."

The installation of the cameras not only show it is beneficial with regards to security but the safety of the students as well. 
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