Shelton Public Schools are moving forward with safety improvements, including plans for new entryway doors at three schools, security window film and upgrades to outdoor cameras. Talks about security improvement began immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December. Police, the fire marshal and city building inspector have conducted safety inspections of all school buildings and made recommendations. Burr presented the update to the Board of Education Wednesday night. \u201cOne thing we all took from the security symposium is that the goal with all intruders is to delay them,\u201d Burr said. The district is looking into 12-mil clear security window film or stainless steel mesh to cover windows near entrances at Sunnyside, Booth Hill School, Shelton High School, Shelton Intermediate and Perry Hill. The security film will not stop a bullet, Burr said, but it will stop the glass from shattering. Board of Education Chair Mark Holden showed a clip of a video used at a recent security symposium. It showed two men with sledgehammers trying to break through an entrance covered with the film. It took 17 minutes for them to get in. Board member Jay Francino-Quinn likened the film to what is used on car windshields, preventing windshields from shattering. Police have recommended the 12-mil film but Burr said the district is investigating even stronger security films. \u201cThis can be installed by our own people,\u201d Burr said. The Public Improvement Building Committee, a city committee, is expediting the process to get new entry and exterior doors at Elizabeth Shelton, Long Hill and Mohegan Elementary School. It was determined those three buildings needed it most, Burr said. \u201cSunnyside is one of our more secure buildings,\u201d he said. City support Burr said Mayor Mark Lauretti is behind getting the entryways replaced. Lauretti said Thursday that the city has always been committed to replacing doors and windows of schools, but the Newtown tragedy is causing officials to expedite the process. \u201cThose are the most vulnerable schools right now and it became a priority for me,\u201d Lauretti said. The district is also making it a priority to add security cameras to more areas outside of schools, including obscure spots where someone may hide. The mayor said the city will support schools in making upgrades. \u201cThis Sandy Hook tragedy broke new ground and caused our entire country to rethink our position on school security,\u201d Lauretti said. \u201cIn addition to creating redundancies on entryways we will enhance our technology for surveillance and things like that.\u201d Lauretti said he won\u2019t necessarily be adding money for security upgrades to the school budget in his upcoming recommendation, but rather putting city funds toward some of the changes. \u201cThis will come from outside their budget \u2014 I don\u2019t believe that\u2019s a responsibility they need to take,\u201d Lauretti said of the district. \u201cThese kids belong to all of us. The city will make a commitment.\u201d Shelton Intermediate School will be moving to key card access in a few weeks and the superintendent would like to see all schools eventually move to that system, eliminating normal keys and locks. The district is also looking into installing panic buttons in schools and upgrading all doors to have interior locks. Drills Shelton Police have encouraged the schools to run drills during all times of the day, so students and staff know what to do if they are at lunch, recess, in the gym or in the classroom during an emergency. Police have discussed regional response with nearby police departments, the superintendent said. So, for example, if there was an incident at Booth Hill School, Trumbull Police may be able to arrive first, Burr said. Burr said that new technology isn\u2019t the only answer to a safer school. Staff and visitors have to be aware that they are responsible for school security as well. \u201cWe can have state-of-the-art security put in but if people leave doors open, that security is compromised,\u201d Burr said. Assistant Superintendent Lorraine Rossner said Shelton Police have are still doing \u201cwalk and talk\u201d visits to schools on a regular basis and offered additional support. \u201cThey\u2019ve offered their services to any school who wants to practice an intruder drill with them there,\u201d Rossner said. \u201cTo offer comment on issues that could be done differently.\u201d Burr said the district is not planning to add extra security personnel at schools but that may change, based on state and federal response to school security. The state has discussed setting $30 million aside for school security. \u201cThirty-million, state-wide is not a heck of a lot,\u201d Holden said. The Newtown tragedy will likely impact the design of new schools, Burr said. \u201cHistorically, schools are not designed to keep people out,\u201d he said. Burr said staff can\u2019t afford to become complacent about security as time passes. \u201cThat\u2019s not a luxury we, as professionals, can afford anymore,\u201d he said.