SWR school board to discuss district’s beefed-up security Thursday night

01/10/2013 2:00 PM |

The Shoreham-Wading River school board will hold a special meeting Thursday night to detail changes made to the district’s security policies in response to the Sandy Hook school shootings last month.

At the board’s regular meeting Tuesday night, superintendent Steven Cohen said Buzzers and intercom systems have already been installed in district elementary schools. Security cameras were set up at the front doors of the district’s three elementary schools as well, officials said.

Buzzers and locked doors were implemented at the district’s secondary schools, Mr. Cohen said, but “intercoms and cameras are still to be installed and that will happen shortly.”

The district is also in the process of hiring six security guards, two of whom began work Wednesday. The remaining four security guards will begin working over the next week, Mr. Cohen said.

Four of the six security guards are working full-time while the others are part-time officers, he said. It was not immediately clear how much the security changes cost the district.

Parents had demanded the district make security changes at a board meeting in December after the shootings.

The special meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the High School library and is open to the public. Members of the community are invited to share their suggestions, questions and concerns with the board, officials said.

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