CT. schools see large security cost increase

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown’s school board has voted unanimously to delay any spending increase until more information is available on significant security costs.

The News-Times reports that the recommended school security package for the next fiscal year is $2.4 million at the district where 20 children and six educators were fatally shot in December 2012. It includes building upgrades and armed and unarmed security guards for the seven schools.

The district will likely receive grants to cover most of the costs.

The school board’s current budget includes $324,525 for 17 security guards and a director. The town has covered about $300,000 more for the three school resource officers at the high school, middle school and intermediate schools.

The town’s contingency fund also was tapped to cover police overtime charges at the three elementary schools.

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