Beefing up security in schools, needs public approval

By Jillian Marshall

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton City School District is planning major improvements for all of the schools in the district, including replacing floors to new state of the art security systems. However it needs the community’s approval.

The Binghamton City School District announced on Tuesday a proposition for Capital Improvements.

The $12 million project will be spread throughout the district for various projects like roof repairs, accessibility for people with disabilities, repairing floors and new security systems for nearly every school.

"This is part of a five year plan where we go around and look at each of the buildings and look at the infrastructure and what needs to happen to maintain our buildings," said Assistant Superintendent of Administration Karry Mullins.

All outside doors will be locked and unlocked by the office and teachers and staff will have key cards to enter the building.

People who want to get into the buildings will be identified by a new camera system and then let in with a buzzer system.

"Security is very important to us, as well as what's happened here recently in schools where we want to be able to deter unwanted guest from coming into out building," Mullins said, "and that's just one way to deter them is to have a system which they don't have open access to our buildings."

Most of the money will come from state aid, but the district hopes to use $900,000 from its Capital Reserve Fund.

There is public hearing on the proposed project on March 10 at 7:00 pm at Columbus School at 164 Hawley St.

The referendum vote is on March 17.

If this project is approved security systems will be put into place by the end of the year and construction starting in the summer of 2015.

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