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STATE SENATOR

Steve Cassano

Advocating for Common-Sense Solutions

Thinking About School Security

This week’s senseless shooting in Florida has a lot of us thinking about firearms regulations, mental health – and school security.

I just want to take this moment to remind you that just months after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, the legislature passed a comprehensive package of legislation that included state grants to cities and towns to improve their school security.

The most common school security upgrades are security cameras, secure keypad entry systems, buzzer entry systems, door and entryway hardware, and wiring for alarms.

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As a matter of fact, earlier this month Governor Malloy announced just the latest school security state grants: $10 million for 182 schools. In this round, Manchester was awarded a $166,550 state grant toward a $333,000 project, and Andover was awarded $47,213 toward the cost of a $77,769 school safety project.

Since 2013, the Connecticut legislature has awarded $53 million to more than 1,200 Connecticut schools for security improvements.

I just wanted to let you know what Connecticut has done, and is doing, to keep your children safe and healthy when they are away from home. We have been working on these efforts for years and will continue to do so.