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Carthage school board may take another look at building security

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WEST CARTHAGE — Members of the Carthage Central School Board of Education agreed the district might need to revisit building security upgrades.

At a meeting Monday night, board member Lyndsey M. Hodkinson suggested the board reinstate a facilities committee focused primarily on building security.

The facilities committee had gathered estimates for the school’s proposed $13.2 million capital project, which would have addressed both security and building maintenance issues. The proposal was rejected, 431-311, in a referendum in March.

Ms. Hodkinson said the matter had been brought up again in a recent safety committee meeting. In the proposed capital project, estimates from Turner Construction Co., Syracuse, placed security upgrades to all buildings at just under $1 million.

“As a board, do we want to make this a priority? Do we want to set up the facilities committee again?” Ms. Hodkinson said. “We could just do security, set up a reserve account and pay for it that way.”

“There’s one building in the district with no security,” board member Kent D. Burto said. “We need something short term. We do have the money. In the case that we do another capital project, we’re still looking at a year and a half to approve it.”

Mr. Burto did not specify which building was lacking security measures.

Ms. Hodkinson also brought up an intruder security system used at North Syracuse Central School District secondary schools.

“It’s a ‘Raptor’ system that does a quick check” of someone’s driver’s license “and flags if the person is a predator,” she said.

Board President Barbara A. Lofink suggested Ms. Hodkinson gather preliminary figures so the board could look into reorganizing the facilities committee.

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