School Districts Nationwide Consider Beefing Up Security

Schools throughout the nation are reviewing their security plans in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

After rejecting a $4 million school security plan last month, the Hillsborough County (Fla.) School Board will review a new proposal that would cost roughly $1 million to beef up security at more than two dozen schools in the district, Bay News 9 reports. The board decided to reconsider the security upgrade following an incident in nearby Polk County where a principal was attacked on campus.

Meanwhile, during a town hall meeting Wednesday evening, the Westport (Conn.) Board of Finance approved an appropriation of $100,000 for a school security audit, according to Westport Patch. The decision comes a month after the board approved a $50,000 funding request for the school security study. However, after authorities decided that local police and educators should direct the audit, the price increased by an additional $50,000.

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Additionally, Knox County (Tenn.) School officials will launch a comprehensive, two-phase security review at its 88 schools. The board decided to conduct the study after an audit last year revealed shortcomings in the security systems at two schools in the district, reports. The review, which could cost $48,000 if approved, would look at alarm systems, camera equipment and keyless entry systems.

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