Great Neck schools get $125K grant for security cameras

Janelle Clausen
Great Neck North High School is seen on a warmer fall day. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)
Great Neck North High School is seen on a warmer fall day. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

The Great Neck schools accepted a $125,000 grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York last week that will go toward the purchase and installation of more security cameras at the high schools and E.M. Baker School.

John Powell, the assistant superintendent for business, said the grant will purchase 99 Axis P3225-V Mk. II cameras – small, dome-shaped cameras that work day and night. They will supplement more than 700 security cameras across the district and replace older cameras.

“It’s going to be done this year,” Powell said of the installation.

The $125,000 goes toward not only the camera purchase, but licensing, cabling, installation, configuration and integrating the cameras into the current video system, Powell said.

There will be 50 new cameras for South High School, 47 for North High School and two for E.M. Baker School.

The grant was more than two years in the making, Powell said, as former Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel – Anthony D’Urso’s predecessor – had applied for the grant.

“It takes awhile to work its way through all of the channels,” Powell said.

Powell said that while the grant is not in response to a recent security breach at North High School, where a YouTuber was rebuffed by security guards but able to enter the building through a propped open rear door, the new cameras will further improve security at the schools.

“Our security apparatus did work that day other than the fact that somebody left the door open,” Powell said, “but this will further strengthen what we already have in place.”

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Janelle Clausen

Janelle Clausen is a reporter with Blank Slate Media covering the Great Neck peninsula and Town of North Hempstead. She previously freelanced for the Amityville Record, Massapequa Post and the Babylon Beacon. When not reporting, the south shore native can...
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