Everyone’s children

It sounds like the city and schools have been working together to make safety improvements in our school buildings and we’re happy to hear it.

Superintendent Freeman Burr gave an update last week on safety measures planned for schools, in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, which forever changed the way we look at school security.

He noted that Mayor Mark Lauretti has asked the city’s Public Improvement Building Committee to expedite the process of getting bids on replacing entry and exterior doors at three elementary schools that city inspectors said need it the most.

The schools are also investigating a window film that would make it difficult for intruders to break through, as well as improving security camera technology.

Lauretti said last week that the burden of all improvements will not fall on the schools, because these are everyone’s children. And he’s right.

While the tragedy made us all more cognizant of safety schools are still about teaching and learning. We hope that our district can continue to invest in better education as well as be a place we all feel our children are safe.

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