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Hastings BOE Discusses Adding Cameras in Schools

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Hastings Board of Education gathered to discuss a number of issues, but after hearing reports from the Building Leadership Teams, much of the discussion focused on the future in the schools.

One of the future changes discussed Monday night was the possible addition of more security cameras in Hastings schools. Hastings Superintendent Timothy Connors said a letter would be sent out to parents to gauge responses before any action is taken.

Connors said the district planned to expand cameras in all of the hallways, coming out of every stairwell and in the gym at Hastings High School.

"We're going to be moving forward with cameras [in the high school]," Connors said. "I think everybody's pretty clear in what we're trying to accomplish."

Connors said the main goal of the additional cameras is to help prevent after hour thefts at the schools.

"I think we're in a different time," Connors said. "I think over time things have changed."

Other schools, like Dobbs Ferry High School, have discussed hiring extra security to help keep schools safer and prevent thefts.

"Cameras are a way [of doing this] that keeps your costs down," Connors said.

The board made sure to remind people that these cameras would not be in instructional classrooms.

"It's certainly not to monitor our youngsters or their behaviors," Connors said.

Other board members made reference to past safety threats at Hastings schools as the reason to move forward with the plan.

"I think there was some outcry this is going to feel like "Big Brother," but I think a far bigger outcry was, why aren't we doing this?" said board member Gabrielle Lesser.

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