Parents concerned about school security went looking for answers at last week\u2019s Board of Aldermen meeting. Lori McKeon said while plans have been readied for three security upgrade projects at the schools, nothing has actually been done. \u201cWe would like to see them implemented,\u201d said McKeon, adding that this should happen \u201cimmediately.\u201d At meetings of other municipal boards, she said, \u201cwe\u2019re being told the holdup is you \u2014 the Board of Aldermen.\u201d McKeon, the mother of three schoolchildren, encouraged aldermen \u201cto get involved and get engaged.\u201d 'No one knows who's in charge' Parent Carla Bucherati, Long Hill PTA president, said while city officials all seem to agree on what improvements will be made, \u201cI\u2019m not seeing action being taken.\u201d Bucherati said based on her attendance at various meetings, \u201cno one knows who\u2019s in charge.\u201d McKeon and Bucherati were among five speakers to ask about the status of school security enhancements at the Jan. 10 aldermanic meeting. Communication and coordination Many of their complaints focused on a lack of communication with the public on the status of the projects, plus what they consider to be poor coordination between city boards. \u201cWe need to be updated [to] ease our anxieties,\u201d said parent Beth Gabriel. Parent Louis Dagostine III added, \u201cWe just need a source to ease our mind.\u201d Anglace: Parents make valid points In response, aldermanic President John F. Anglace said the parents were making some valid points. \u201cYou have the right to know,\u201d he said. Anglace said the aldermen also need to be better informed by other municipal entities on what is happening with the three projects. He then presented a written update on the projects that had been emailed to him by the city Board of Education\u2019s (BOE) finance director, Allan Cameron. \u201cIt is my hope this would reduce the fear that nothing seems to be happening,\u201d Anglace told parents. Three projects being pursued The three projects involve installing new surveillance camera systems at the five elementary schools; adding ballistic window film and mesh to combat bullets and other weapons at five schools; and putting in new doors and windows at the three other schools. Cameron\u2019s Jan. 8 email included a detailed breakdown on the three projects, noting that one project has gone out to bid, another should be publicly advertised soon, and the third could be ready for bidding in a few months. During his remarks, Anglace also made references to an update from the city Public Improvement Building Committee, which is overseeing some of the work. He said the goal is to \u201cget as much work done as quickly as possible,\u201d but stressed the city charter requires that certain steps be followed. Communicating with the public Anglace suggested the BOE designate a person to act as communications coordinator for the projects, using the city and school system websites to help inform the public on progress being made. He also said meetings could take place with school PTAs to provide updates. Anglace said he thinks taking these actions will improve the situation. \u201cWe\u2019re coming out of the dark,\u201d he said. Mayor: 'It\u2019s very doable' Mayor Mark Lauretti, who was not at the Board of Aldermen meeting, said he\u2019s also frustrated at the lack of progress. Lauretti said solicitations were done as long as five years ago to upgrade doors and windows at some schools, but \u201cthere\u2019s nobody following that.\u201d He said it\u2019s likely this work will be done during the summer. \u201cIt\u2019s very doable,\u201d he said. Lauretti liked the idea of having a BOE communications coordinator for the projects.