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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Question Post-Newtown: How to Keep Schools Safe?

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By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

When it comes to security systems at its schools, New Haven officials say cost has never been a factor for their cash-strapped district. It’s not just that they prioritize security: The state pays almost the entire bill to install things like cameras, buzzer systems and locks for every classroom.

Security infrastructure is a cost the state picks up, to varying degrees, in districts across Connecticut. Today, the State’s Bond Commission was expected to approve $280 million to pay for local school construction projects—some of which will go to ensure students are safe.

“The state clearly recognizes the need to support security,” said Will Clark, New Haven’s chief operating officer. The state covers somewhere between 70 to 100 percent of the costs of the city’s construction costs.

As the Bond Commission meets, citizens from across the country are expected at the state Capitol complex to testify about school security in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. On Dec. 14, a gunman shot his way into the suburban Newtown school and killed 20 children and six educators.

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Posted 01/25 at 07:02 PM

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