Keeping watch

The Magnolia School District will buy 113 cameras to monitor activity at Magnolia High School.

Magnolia High School and Magnolia Junior High will be getting an upgraded security system.

The Magnolia School Board approved during Monday’s meeting the purchase of 113 cameras for the high school and 95 for the junior high at a cost of $287,217.50.

This new system will include such features as facial recognition and tracking, live coverage, the ability to let local local law enforcement tap into the system in the event of a school situation, infrared capability and motion detection.

In other board news:

-- Approved the purchase of 500 new laptops at a total cost of $168,092. The high school will receive 150, the junior high will receive 150, Central Elementary will receive 175, and East Side Elementary will receive 25 and a storage cart.

-- Board approved to renew the food services contract with KD-12 Culinary Connections at the same cost as last year.

-- Superintendent John Ward said the floor plans are still being finalized for the performing arts center that will be constructed at Magnolia High School.

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