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APS Board Approves Security Camera Purchase

The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education met last night in full, to discuss a range of topics, including the purchase and installation of new security cameras at Alpena High School.

AHS Principle Matt Poli once again addressed the board to speak to just how important the new cameras would be for the high school.

Roughly 10 years ago AHS had 64 cameras installed, but as of last week approximately 30 are still functioning – And even then Poli said the number of working cameras varies day to day.

Alpena Public Schools Sssistant Superintendent Diane Block recommended the board make the purchase by reallocating some funds that the district has on hand for Chromebook purchases.

She added the current camera system has simply outlived its usefulness.

“The system has outlives it’s useful life, and is in need of replacement. So that’s the recommendation.”

The board voted on and accepted a bid for 132 interior cameras as well as a storage server, for a total cost of just over $54,000.

The original request also included cameras for outside the high school as well as Wildcat Stadium, however that project has been delayed until a later date.