Norwell: School security a high priority in FY 2014 capital budget

After presenting a report on override spending for fiscal 2013 to selectmen Wednesday night, Norwell School Superintendent Matthew Keegan then discussed an important component of the schools upcoming capital budget requests for fiscal year 2014 – increasing school security.

“We’ve been looking at security that we’d like to see happen which that has gotten accelerated over recent events. We originally were continuing to rolling out our cameras to increase our security, but we have realized we need to take a little different turn and do some other things with our buildings.  It’s one topic that we are in the midst of getting a lot of information from a lot of vendors about what we can do with our systems,” Keegan said.

Keegan also told selectmen that improving school security is an extremely high priority after the horrendous Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown Connecticut.

“In some ways we’d like to move as quickly as possible on that and that’s maybe something we can talk to you more about how that could be done, or not done. So that is one area that is probably our most important area. We do have some cameras that we need, because we can’t see certain parts of the outsides of some of the buildings and those are part of our capital requests.”

Other capital requests include replacing gymnasium floors and replacing the Sparrell School’s electrical generator.

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