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Manchester school security upgrades on target
As part of a $2.8 million school technology bond approved last spring, all schools in the district are having new phone and intercom systems installed with "enhanced 9-1-1" capabilities.
The bond originally allocated $600,000 for the communication upgrades, but the amount was increased to about $900,000 to place the phone systems in every room at the schools, DeLangie said.
"We're not going down that path. They're a learning environment. We try to keep that perspective," Robidas said. "Nothing is ever going to be 100 percent, but we can make the best effort to prevent and identify people coming in the building."
The drill was a chance to practice new protocols for active-shooter scenarios in which first responders enter the school immediately rather than secure the perimeter of a building. Robidas said the city has also been improving and upgrading the procedures followed by school staff, students and police in emergencies. "That's critical in an emergency situation," he said. "I would say post-Newtown, it really is a just re-emphasis to make sure everything is up to speed."
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