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Thursday, June 05, 2014

BOF Approves $500,000 for School Window, Door Security

By James Lomuscio

With the Board of Finance’s unanimous approval of a school board $500,000 request tonight, educators are hopeful that all first floor windows and doors at Westport’s eight public schools will be covered this summer with a 3M film to slow down access for those who would do harm to children and teachers.

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Elio Longo, school business administrator, discusses school security at the Board of Finance meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The matter now has to go to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for final approval.

In late April, the RTM approved a $200,000 Board of Education request for the installation of 1,425 high security, classroom locks recommended by Kroll Security, Inc. in response to concerns generated by the Newtown school shootings almost a year-and-a-half ago.

“The fact is this cost will cover fully all windows and doors on the first floor,” Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said about the appropriation from the town’s general fund balance.

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