Buford Middle School Getting Security Cameras?

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

April 20, 2006

It looks like Buford Middle School will follow in the footsteps of Charlottesville High School by installing security cameras by the start of next year. This new addition is all thanks to a friendly neighbor.

Safety is one of the top priority in schools almost as much as education. Whether a student, or staff member on school grounds, it remains the primary focus.

"We work with the Buford teachers-all 55 of them work extremely hard to ensure safety," said Timothy Flynn, the principal of Buford Middle School.

There will be times when students will bring situations from outside their school circle onto school property. Buford's principal says, each time will be dealt with according to procedures set by the school system.

One of Charlottesville very own is trying to curb such incidents.

"There was an anonymous donor willing to fund [placing] security cameras at Buford Middle School," said Flynn.

The estimate to help Buford keep their students in view is close to $40,000. Seen as a preventive measure, the principal says it will not stop things from happening, but will catch wrong-doers on film.

Teachers have mixed views when it comes to safety at their workplace.

"I feel extremely safe. I've been here seven years, and never had any problems in my classroom," said Desmond Cormier, a teacher at Buford Middle School.

Other teachers, declining to go on camera, say they feel frustrated because they are left in the dark. They declare the school system is sometimes irresponsible when it comes to handling violence.

"We work with the security staff and the administration to secure that all the time," added Flynn.

All workers at the school know several good things happen inside the classroom every day, but understand it takes just one time for attention to zoom in on their school.

Soon, cameras will too.

The school board has to approve the gift from the anonymous donor during a meeting before the cameras will be installed. If Buford gets approval, it will be the second school in Charlottesville to have security cameras.

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