The Race for City Hall

Consalvo seeks to bolster security at Boston public schools

Mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo announced plans today to expand security at the city schools, calling for more cameras and a security system that would allow teachers to lock their classrooms and protect students from intruders.

“Every morning when I send my own kids off to school, I pray that they’ll be safe, but we shouldn’t have to leave it to chance,” said Consalvo, a district city councilor in Hyde Park with three young children, two of whom are in the school system. “These are simple and effective ideas we can start implementing right now that can help prevent violence in our public schools.”

He unveiled his plan this morning outside the Conley School in Roslindale.

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Consalvo said that if he were elected he would require security key cards for all 127 schools in the city’s public school system. Only 53 currently require staff to use a key card to enter, Consalvo said.

He also said only 35 of the schools have security cameras.

Consalvo said he also wants schools to install doors in classrooms that would allow a teacher to push a button at her desk and automatically lock the door if an intruder broke into the building.

A spokesman for Boston Public schools said the department has already invested $1.4 million to upgrade security, including installing doors that would automatically lock with a push of a button from someone in the main office.

Police would also be able to lock the doors remotely, said the spokesman, Lee McGuire.

Consalvo said he would also work to make health centers in the city more accessible to students and teachers who have witnessed violence and would call on police and school staffers to collaborate more often.

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