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School Board OKs Special $500k Request for Safety Improvements

Officials keep details quiet, money will "improve buildings physically"

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Norwalk, CT | Added on October 15, 2013 At 10:57 PM

Tuesday the Board of Education unanimously approved a special $500,000 budget request aimed at improving safety at Norwalk's public schools.

Board chair Mike Lyons said the money would be used to "better protect buildings physically."

The request is on top of the $100,000 the Board of Ed had initially requested in this current (2013-2014) budget.

Officials gave little in the way of details Tuesday night.

"Obviously we can't discuss specifics in public about a security plan, because then you're announcing to people who might want to breach it what your plan is," Lyons said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Manuel Rivera said the request reflected meetings he and other officials had with Norwalk's fire and police chiefs.

Lyons said the request would help implement better internal and external communication systems and electronic systems, along with other work.

"The $100,000 we first appropriated was a good start," said Jack Chiaramonte, chair of the board's facilities/planning committee.  "But there are some other things we think would help."

Board chair Mike Lyons called the request an "interim request," and said a longer term proposal was in the works for the 2014-2015 budget.

Mayor Richard Moccia said the city will look for ways to fund the board's request starting Thursday.

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