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Board of Education to Discuss School Safety, Security Issues Monday

The school board will hear a presentation from Interim Superintendent Richard Kisiel on the school district's safety and security procedures Monday, Jan. 14.

In the wake of last month's tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, schools across the country have been beefing up security, and Manchester Public Schools could be poised to follow suit. 

Or not. 

The matter of school safety and security will be presented to the Manchester Board of Education on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 by Interim Superintendent Richard Kisiel. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room, 494 Main St. 

Although many schools nationwide have elected to add security measures since the shootings - including installing metal detectors, bulletproof glass and hiring security guards - Kisiel indicated at a special budget workshop meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9 2013 that he might not go that route. He told the school board he didn't want to "overreact" and would present a report on the district's safety and security procedures to the board at its next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Monday. 

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Neighboring Glastonbury's Board of Education to the 2013-14 school budget for security guards at the town's elementary schools. When Kisiel unveiled his proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year on Wednesday, it included a 4.57 percent, or $4.6 million, increase, but Kisiel said that did not include any money for upgraded security measures, if the school board elects to opt for them. 

The full agenda of Monday's meeting is attached to this article as a PDF. 

James Bond January 12, 2013 at 05:56 PM
A school system in Ohio is going to train janitors to use and carry hand guns.We're slipping over the edge peopleand there is no rope, only ammunition.
Greg January 13, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Need to hold off on school budget until this conversation and outcome including additional funding is decided on. This is too important an issue to let end up as a political issue as the school budget so frequently does.

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