Town Manager Recommends $240,000 for Avon School Security Improvements

The items will be included in the Capital Improvement portion of his 2013-14 budget request that the Town Council will review.

The Avon town manager plans on recommending $240,000 in capital improvement funds to install added security at Avon schools in his 2013-14 budget request to the Town Council.

The school board requested $229,515, but Robertson added more to his capital improvement budget recommendation to account for contingency, according to Town Council Chairman Mark Zacchio. 

Avon Superintendent Gary Mala and Finance Director John Spang immediately began looking at ways to make Avon students and staff safer and buildings more secure after the Dec. 14 Newtown shooting.

The school board approved the central office's proposal in mid-January.

The capital request would fund adding the following security measures, as listed in a memo Spang addressed to the council:

Security Item Proposed Capital Request "Audible alarms on exterior doors" at all schools $40,965 "Annunciator panels" in all schools "to provide visual monitoring of audible alarms on all exterior doors." $34,400 "Primary locking hardware in each room" so doors can be locked from the inside. $52,750 Video surveillance system $43,400 Replacement - district-wide two way radio system $58,000

Correction: Patch was originally told that the town manager's capital improvement recommendation for security improvements was $250,000, but it was actually $240,000. The article has been updated to reflect this correction.


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