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Newton schools will get door buzzers and cameras by end of April

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  March 20, 2013 12:23 PM

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New security measures adopted after the Connecticut school shooting are expected to be in place at all of the Newton’s elementary and middle schools by the end of April.

The district is spending $556,000 to install cameras and buzzers at entrances, replace doors and put in new hardware and electric wiring at the schools, said Newton Superintendent David Fleishman.

The new equipment will go into 20 of the district’s buildings, including all the elementary and middle schools, and the administrative center, which houses a preschool and high school program.

Much of the work will happen over April vacation and officials hope to have it complete by the end of that month.

“We’re moving as quickly as possible,” Fleishman said.

The more secured buildings will be a culture change for many Newton parents who are used more open schools, he said.

But after the shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 children and six adults dead last December, many local parents questioned why the local buildings were left unlocked.

Newton parents will still be able walk into the schools during morning drop-offs, but new procedures will be in place during the school day, Fleishman said.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com.

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