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Montpelier Schools Increase Security

We took a look at what one Vermont school is now doing to keep its students and staff safe. This comes with many minds concerned about recent school shootings.
We took a look at what one Vermont school is now doing to keep its students and staff safe.

This comes with many minds concerned about recent school shootings.

That’s why schools in Montpelier are taking safety a step further, and as of Monday, have a brand new security system.

You may remember doing fire drills in grade school, but society has changed and schools all across the country now do lockdown drills.

The superintendent hopes the upgrades give everyone peace of mind.

It’s brand new technology in a 100 year old school.

"Sadly it was the Sandy Hook incident," Superintendent Brian Ricca said.

The elementary, middle and high school in Montpelier now have video cameras, doors that lock automatically, and a top of the line surveillance system.

"We want our students to be safe, nothings foolproof, but this helps our peace of mind," Dr. Ricca said.

So for any visitors wanting to get inside the building, you have to be buzzed in first. That takes you to the front office, where someone then asks each person to identify who they are and why they're there, before the door is unlocked.

"There’s a need there I guess, but that's the sad piece of it," Joanne Crowley-Watkins said, who has a senior at Montpelier High School.

The district spent $70,000 on the security enhancements. Before, essentially anybody could just walk in. So while now, it may be a small inconvenience for parents, Crowley-Watkins is ok with the changes.

"I appreciate the measures to protect the children, but it's just very sad that it's encroached into this community," she said.

She says it's a loss of innocence, so in addition to the fire drills, lockdown drills will continue once a month to keep students, and staff safe.

Again, the district spent $70,000 on these upgrades. $55,000 came from the bond that was passed by voters last March.

The remaining $15,000 was covered by the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust.

 

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