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Norwalk To Spend $100,000 On School Security Upgrades

NORWALK, Conn. – In light of Friday’s shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, Norwalk officials this week have started a thorough review of the security procedures at each of the city’s 19 schools.

The move follows the city’s decision to increase the police presence at all city schools this week, and already officials are looking at plans to spend $100,000 from the capital budget on various security measures districtwide.

The exact nature of how the money will be spent has not been disclosed, but it is expected to include building locks and possibly additional lighting and security cameras at certain schools.

Interim Superintendent Tony Daddona said Tuesday that while every school has a safety committee and emergency plan, all those plans are under review, as are the district’s lockdown procedures.

Additionally, the school system’s accountability measures, or how the district accounts for each student during an emergency, also will be reviewed.

Tuesday morning, Daddona, Mayor Richard Moccia, Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, Emergency Management Director Michelle DeLuca and other officials began the review process , which is expected to take several months to complete.

Norwalk Police Lt. Marc Lepore will spearhead the school security review, which is designed to identify any weaknesses in the current system, Daddona said.

While some components of the review will be disclosed, much of it will not, according to Lyons and Daddona.

“As soon as the plan becomes public, it’s no longer a safety plan,” Daddona said.

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