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Vote Thursday Night on Phase I of School Security Upgrades

Voters and property owners are being asked to vote on an appropriation to begin upgrading school building security.

After gaining approval from the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and Board of Finance (BOF) last week for $70,000 toward implementing Phase I of a school security upgrade plan, town voters and property owners have been asked to attend a special town meeting Thursday night to vote on the appropriation.

The meeting will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. in room 133 of Town Hall.

With $40,000 being contributed by the school district, the first phase of the plan includes “immediate and significant enhancements to access control,” according to the district’s Directory of Business and Technology, Art Colley, focusing mainly on securing the points of entry at all four of Brookfield’s schools.

According to the three-phase plan proposed by the district in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Phase I includes installing the “double buzzer” system at each main entrance, ID security windows for the front offices, key card access for employee entrances and video surveillance at important access points.

If the funding is approved and work begins immediately, the first phase could be completed within the month.

d January 17, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I do want the first phase of the security to go through but the sad thing is that it will only work if everyone follows rules. For instance ... 4 days after Sandy Hook my kid had a music concert in CES. No IDs were being checked or anything. I did hear that the day after (that Wednesday) they were checking IDs but that is probably because Bivona was standing there. Today the gate to the playground for the pre-school was wide open from at least 2:30 on. I'm not sure about earlier because I wasn't there. That entrance leads directly to the door to the pre-school and the gate that separates the pre-school and kindergarten playgrounds. There was a class outside for recess on the kindergarten side. ANYONE could have gone in. I only hope the new measures make everyone take things more seriously. I want our district to learn from Sandy Hook ... not be the next.
Steven DeVaux January 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I rest my case. Parents and administrators are just plain lazy
JM January 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Steven, there is a town meeting tonight , i hope you will be will be there to voice your many concerns and vote.
Steven DeVaux January 18, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Hope springs eternal, but is not a strategy. Keep the faith.

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