Manchester school security getting review
"Because of what happened in Connecticut, there is a whole different focus on K-to-12," Brennan said.
Brennan said Central would be a focus because it has multiple buildings, and Beech Street, he noted, has portable classrooms and "no walls."
"This will allow us to not only take advantage of some grants through Homeland Security, but also tap the resources of the FBI, Secret Service, state and local law enforcement and the fire department to really tighten our protocol for student safety," Brennan said.
According to DHS' "K-12 School Security Checklist," among the items to be inspected are whether:
• the facility limits access points;
• "the number of containers and trash cans ... are minimized";
• "systems are installed that provide two-way communication between faculty, staff, administrators, and security personnel."
Part of a $2.8 million bond recently approved by aldermen will pay for new telephone and intercom systems, which was deemed a security priority by school and public safety officials.