State aid sought for security in schools

State aid sought for security in schools


BERLIN — The Board of Education will apply for a state grant to reimburse over 45 percent of $500,000 worth of security vestibules for four schools in town.

The Town Council agreed to the application after it was determined that the $250,000 allotted in the budget would not cover the project.

“It’s an option to get all four schools done at a low price,” said Eva Gallupe, school director of business operations. “Rather than pick and choose which school to do.”

The security vestibules will be at McGee Middle School and the three elementary schools: Hubbard, Willard and Griswold.

During a special budget meeting in January, the school principals all requested additional security. McGee Principal Salvatore Urso said there are eight working cameras in the middle school. He said more security is needed due to bigger class sizes in sixth and eighth grades.

The elementary school principals also said they had fewer than 10 cameras in the buildings. The high school has about 40 cameras.

The state reimbursement rate will stay at 45.36 percent if the application is received before June 30. The rate will drop to 42.8 percent after that date.
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