In wake of Conn. massacre, Nashua expedites new locks and entry systems for schools
NASHUA - After discussing a number of issues related to last Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the Board of Education on Monday night decided to expedite the installation of buzz-in entry systems and classroom locks in the city's elementary schools.
Superintendent Mark Conrad said concerns have arisen since the shooting because Nashua's elementary schools keep their main entrances open.
The board authorized the administration to seek bids on the locking systems, which are part of a broader security upgrade that is to be completed before the 2013 school year.
The motion passed unanimously. Conrad will return to the board during a special meeting on Jan. 2 to present options on contracting with an installer.
"I want to reassure the public that we continue to look at our planning for emergency response," Conrad said.
But he noted that security is only one piece of addressing violence at schools: "Sandy Hook Elementary had in place the same system we will be installing, yet it was not enough to prevent the tragedy there."
Conrad reemphasized the importance of positive social climates in the schools, where every student has at least one adult figure to turn to in case of trouble.
Board member Steven Haas said the most important part of securing the schools is the human element.
"We need to be aware of people who start to withdraw or behave in a different manner," Haas said. "That's the human element that we can work on - it doesn't cost us a dime."
READER COMMENTS: 9
- Deroy Murdock: The indictment of Rick Perry is bizarre and unfounded - 0
- Another View - Marc Champion: A strong terror policy would cure Obama's golf woes - 0
- Jonah Goldberg: Obama confuses the TV world with the real one - 1
- George Will: In defense of the defenders - 0
- Roger Simon: Is Ferguson the future? - 0
- Charles Krauthammer: Stopping the worst people on earth - 0
- Lynn Preston's NH Legal Perspectives: What prospective real estate purchasers need to know - 0
- Gail Fisher's Dog Tracks: 'Mirror' approach reflects important role of humans in dog training - 0
- Thomas Sowell: The media and the mob - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- NH Motor Speedway to again host two Sprint Cup Series weekends in 2015 - 0
- St. Anselm football players practice ini August heat - 0
- White, Glenn lift Fisher Cats over Harrisburg, 6-4 - 0
- KSC field hockey first in coaches poll - 0
- New England Patriots guard Mankins traded to Tampa for TE Wright - 0
- NH Fisher Cat Lee still striving for making it to the major leagues - 0
- Former city restaurateur gets jail sentence for sex assault - 0
- Former high school art teacher gets suspended sentence in drug case - 0
- New Manchester school district standards to give teachers more leeway - 0
Backyard boulder kills Raymond homeowner
Market Basket: 'So close, yet so far'
KSC field hockey first in coaches poll
Reports: Market Basket doomsday plan would shutter 61 of 71 stores if deal not struck soon
GOP for legal pot? Hemignway's high help
Ohio's Rob Portman: GOP can win back Senate