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OUSD security update: List of schools

New security cameras at Oakland Tech
photo by GIOVANNA BORGNA/Tribune

Oakland Tech was the first school to receive the security upgrade we discussed earlier, and I saw a brief demonstration today in the school library. The cameras can swivel and zoom, and the picture is much clearer than the grainy images I usually associate with security camera shots.

As people have noted here, campus security requires much more than fancy technology. It’s not cheap, either. A Department of Justice matching grant covers about half of the $3 million cost; the other $1.5 million will come from OUSD’s modernization fund, but that it was budgeted for security upgrades anyway, according to OUSD’s director of procurement, Michael Moore Sr.

Still, it does sound promising, if it works as designed. Here is a list of Oakland schools slated to be part of the upgrade:

Alternative Education Schools
DEWEY ACADEMY
RUDSDALE CONTINUATION
BUNCHE ACADEMY

High Schools
OAKLAND HIGH SCHOOL
SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL
LIFE ACADEMY
BEST AT MCCLYMONDS
EXCEL AT MCCLYMONDS
OAKLAND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL HIGH
COLLEGE PREP & ARCHITECTURE ACADEMY
MANDELA HIGH SCHOOL
MEDIA COLLEGE PREP
ROBESON SCHOOL OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
FAR WEST
YES, YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SCHOOL
BUSINESS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
EAST OAKLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
LEADERSHIP PREPARATORY

Independent Study
COMMUNITY DAY
SOJOURNER TRUTH INDEPENDENT STUDY

Middle Schools
COLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
COLISEUM COLLEGE PREP ACADEMY
ROOTS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY
ALLIANCE ACADEMY
ELMHURST COMMUNITY PREP
ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL
PERALTA CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL
UNITED FOR SUCCESS ACADEMY
BRET HARTE MIDDLE SCHOOL
MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Katy Murphy

    I just noticed Cole Middle School is on the list, though it closed last year, as well as schools that are slated to close in June.

  • Union Supporter-But

    Katy: This goes back to my original question. Let’s say that there is an incident on the Bret Harte campus in which someone is hurt. The principal, a security person and the district personnel can see the ethnicity, approximate height and what the perpetrator was wearing. What is the communication plan to the student body? to the parents? to the community at large?

  • Steven Weinberg

    I was surprised and very disappointed to see that Frick Middle School, where I worked for 9 years, is not included in the list of campuses receiving this security upgrade. There is no other flatland school of similar size that is not included.
    Just this year there have been three serious incidents adjacent to the school: the hit-and-run killing of a sixth grader, a police shootout after a car chase in the parking lot of the apartment building directly across the street from our PE field (a building so notorious for criminal activity that area residents refer to it as “New Jack City”), and a reckless driving case that resulted in a car crash and death of a senior citizen. Security cameras might have helped police investigations into all these cases, and more importantly, might improve the atmosphere in the neighborhood surrounding the school so that future incidents are avoided.
    An excellent administration, a caring staff, and a stellar security team have made Frick a safe and orderly campus, but after hours and on weekends the building is an easy target for vandals and taggers. The school has invested its own funds in security cameras, but they are far from state-of-the-art, and the school’s current budget doesn’t allow for replacement when units wear out.
    Inclusion in this program would help reduce dangerous conditions outside the school and the protect the students of Frick.

  • CJohnson

    What was the criteria for deciding what schools will get the new security system? Will Frick Middle School be able to get the security cameras since Cole MS has closed? My daughter will be attending Frick next semester and I am worried about her safety. Frick is a good school but the area needs some help.

  • Harold

    looks like the district is trying to replace SSO’s with video cameras. Problem is the video can only show part of the story. I hope we are able to keep our hardworking, front-line, security professionals.