Schools security will come first
New Milford weighs options during early budget talks
Published 4:43 pm, Wednesday, January 30, 2013
School security is on the minds of town and school officials in New Milford in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote has set aside $100,000 in her proposed capital budget for 2013-14 to be used for security enhancements, still to be determined, for district schools.
Some $112,500 is also proposed in the operating budget for five school security guards: One to be installed at each of the three elementary schools; one at Sarah Noble Intermediate School; and one at Schaghticoke Middle School.
Mayor Pat Murphy's office is compiling names of agencies specializing in security to conduct a school vulnerability assessment at each campus.
"We are determining what companies to send RFPs (request for proposals) out to," the mayor said Tuesday.
"When the state had its security symposium, vendors were there who supplied information on companies that do this type of assessment.
"We'll, of course, vet them through the Better Business Bureau and assure only top experts are contacted."
"I will put an appropriation request for a draw for security upgrades before the Town Council," she said.
"That appropriation will be used to set up an account that can be drawn on to pay the company."
Any structural improvements required for school buildings would be paid for through capital, the mayor said.