School District finds no “improper or unlawful motives” in surveillance contract change

    The School District didn’t do anything wrong. Not sure which of the many accusations that blanket statement covers? It’s a big one: the security camera contract switch from Security Data Technologies, Inc. to IBS Communications, Inc.

    As NewsWorks partner the Public School Notebook reports, the district has released a statement based on the investigation by Pepper Hamilton, LLP.

    “There is no evidence to suggest that Dr. Ackerman or School District staff did not believe that there was not an urgent need to expedite the installation of security cameras in 19 ‘persistently dangerous’ schools in response to the recommendations of the state study,” the report reads.

    The bottom line: “there is no evidence that there were any improper or unlawful motives behind the selection of the contractors used in the South Philadelphia High School Camera Project in December, 2009.”

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