Bement board OKs increased school security

Bement board OKs increased school security

BEMENT — School board members have endorsed the idea of increasing security at the district's two schools.

Superintendent Sheila Greenwood said this week that a buzz-in system for both the middle/high school and elementary school would cost an estimated $5,300.

"We have two blind entrances into the building," said Greenwood, stating that at both schools visitors can walk in and get to various parts of the buildings without being seen by office personnel. "You can get anywhere in this building because of the fact we have doors unlocked on both sides of campus."

That will change once buzzers are installed. Doors would be locked for a majority of the school day, with office personnel being able to unlock the door remotely for students and visitors. Video surveillance would allow them to see who is at the entrance.

Such moves are becoming more common since a gunman killed 26 students and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December.

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