New Safety Plans For Binghamton School District

By WBNG News

New Safety Plans For Binghamton School District

August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 10:48 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) By the time the first bell rings this fall, Binghamton City schools will have a few new and crucial safety measures in place.

The Board of Education met Tuesday evening to discuss the plans, which include an off-campus site for emergency lockouts.

Back in June, a disruptive food fight turned brawl forced students outside with no where to go.

The board also discussed creating an instant messaging system.

This will alert parents with a voiced phone message during an emergency situation.

Leaders say additional measures will be taken to make sure students are safe.

"We hope within a period of time we will be able to extensively upgrade our security cameras. We have multiple cameras around in different locations but we want to do it more extensively," Board of Education member Steven Deinhardt says.

Dienhardt estimates the new measures could cost the district close to $60,000.