Funding Would Go Towards Security Improvements, Mental Health

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The Stamford Board of Education has asked the city for $2 million for safety and security improvements at its schools.

As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported, Stamford schools superintendent Dr. Winifred Hamilton is ready to make the case for the $2 million investment to the Stamford city boards that will review the request.

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The Stamford Advocate reported that the city could be shopping for contractors by October for glass door safety film, upgraded cameras and remote control locks.

Hamilton said the money would go into more than just hardware.

“Over $200,000 in our budget was on proactive mental health work and extra social workers and psychologists at the elementary level even,” Hamilton told Murnane. “We’re going to continue, and I know we have a the support in this community from our boards and parents to give us whatever we need to be as secure as we can.”

The request requires board approval because the funding was not part of the capital budget passed earlier this year.

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In Ridgefield, Murnane reported the town is moving ahead with a more than $700,000 investment.

The improvements to security come following the December shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 first graders and six educators dead.

More than 450 school safety bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year, USA Today reported.

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