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Vernon School Safety Measures to be Discussed as a Capital Matter

Initiatives will be addressed at Monday's Finance Committee meeting.

The 2013-14 education budget proposal reflects just $22,688 extra being set aside for security.

It's just one additional security guard at Rockville High School.

That's because new safety initiatives will be presented as "a one-time capital expenditure," Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway said on Wednesday.

Town officials have had several discussions regarding school security since the shootings last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Police Chief James Kenny has said school safety is a priority.

Michael Purcaro, the town's emergency management director and the director of business and finance for the Vernon school system, said the matter is the first item on the agenda for Monday's Board of Education Finance Committee meeting at the school administration building.

The committee meeting is slated for 6 to 7 p.m.

Purcaro said school system and public safety officials would release some details about security when a plan is in place.

Conway said one matter that will likely be addressed is direct access to some schools from the outside. Measures like extra doors and cameras will be discussed, she said.

Chris Dehnel January 10, 2013 at 02:46 PM
The top of the story for those who cannot read it on a mobile device: The 2013-14 education budget proposal reflects just $22,688 extra being set aside for security. It's just one additional security guard at Rockville High School. That's because new safety initiatives will be presented as "a one-time capital expenditure," Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway said on Wednesday.

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