Schools Win $1.8M To Upgrade Security

New Haven schools will upgrade security cameras, thanks to $1.8 million the state is handing out to keep schools safe in the wake of Sandy Hook.

Will Clark, the school system’s chief operating officer, announced that news at the school board this week. The money is part of $16 million the state is sending to 75 school districts to improve their security after the Dec. 14, 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, in which gunman Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 kids and six adults.

New Haven’s school district already upgraded its security four years ago, installing remote door access by video at all city schools, Clark said. The new money will pay to upgrade cameras, improve keycard access and buy new wands and radios for security staff, he said.

In other news, the school board Tuesday unanimously approved a new, three-year teachers contract that starts July 1. Teachers ratified the contract by a 10-to-1 vote last week; click here to read all about it.

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posted by: David S Baker on November 14, 2013  5:00pm

Cue the self congratulatory email info-blast from Dan Malloys office.

posted by: Dwightstreeter on November 14, 2013  7:03pm

$1.8 million in tax payer dollars for security announced on the same day the NRA raises $10 million to fight gun control!
The inmates are truly running the asylum.

posted by: EHresident on November 15, 2013  3:26pm

As a concerned parent of a child at the Metropolitan High School, I can tell you that
the door is always unlocked and you can walk right in and even with a metal detector, security don’t check people well at all and while they are sitting there all day long supposedly watching, they are playing with phones and iPads. The kids are walking around all over the school so the money is a big waste if people aren’t doing their jobs. This school already has a system that you need to be buzzed in but they don’t use it.  I have seen the doors left propped open and no security at all there. So,  you wonder how people get in with guns.  Something needs to be done about the Security people…..I would like to be able to send my child to school and know that he/she is safe there.

posted by: JohnTulin on November 18, 2013  1:26pm

EHresident is completely correct - the school I worked in for over a decade was always ‘unsecured’ to say the least….and everyone I’ve ever walked into is the same.  This is a big waste of money, like almost everything else re: the schools.  Step up Garth!