MORTON — The School District will be getting new security camera servers.
Board members Tuesday approved the low bid of $82,711 for four 24-terabyte servers from Bloomington-based MidCo Systems.
The new servers will replace six aging and technologically deficient servers being used to store video from all six district schools and the district office.
"Security camera servers are a key piece in keeping our school environment safe," said Superintendent Jeff Hill.
Hill said the district's current servers are reaching the end of their life span. The oldest server is seven years old and the newest server is four years old.
The new servers, Hill said, will allow the district to archive more video, add new security cameras and eliminate a service agreement that is costing the district $6,000 per year.
The district's security cameras have been upgraded over the past several years to high definition IP (internet protocol), Hill said, and several additional security cameras have been added.
More security cameras will be in place when building additions are completed this summer at Grundy, Lettie Brown and Lincoln elementary schools.
The district's current servers can no longer achieve as much video as is necessary, Hill said.
"Over the last year, the server holding Morton High School video has decreased storage from 28 to seven days," he said. "With the new servers, we'll be able to store 30 days worth of video from all our security cameras."
Rodney Schuck, the district's director of operations, said he expects the new servers to last at least five years and more realistically as many as eight years.
"These are computers than run 24/7, 365 days a year," he said. "They have a lifespan."
Also at Tuesday's meeting, board members:
* Approved a resolution acknowledging the time commitment required if board member Tom Neeley is elected vice president of the Illinois Association of School Boards.
A resolution from Neeley's home district is a requirement of his candidacy.
Neeley has served as IASB treasurer since 2015.
He's been the Morton School District representative to the Central Illinois Valley Division of the IASB for many years. He was the division chairman from 1997 to 2007 and a division director from 2007 to 2015.
The IASB vice president typically serves two one-year terms, then two one-year terms as president and two one-year terms as past president.
* Approved allowing a Delavan School District special education student to participate in Morton High School's life skills program during the 2017-2018 school year.
Delavan does not offer a life skills program. The Delavan student has participated in Morton's program since the 2014-2015 school year, with Delavan paying tuition annually based on the per student cost to operate Morton's program.
The tuition for 2017-2018 will be $13,700.
* Welcomed Hill in his first meeting as superintendent.
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