Laconia schools will spend $57k on security upgrades

LACONIA — The Facilities Committee of the School Board voted unanimously to spend $56,808 on safety upgrades to the five local schools Tuesday night.
The upgrades, that are primarily being done at the three elementary school will be completed over the summer.
The action plans calls for $9,608 of safety work including a window at the secretary's office, panic alarms in three locations, door locks for adjoining doors between classrooms and other upgrades to door locks.
At Pleasant Street School the department will spend $7,900 for an intercom system from the vestibule, three panic alarms tied to the fire doors and monitoring company, an upgrade on one door lock ans interior security cameras.
There will be $13,300 spent at the Woodland Heights Elementary School for glass at the secretary's window, doors to teacher work spaces, panic alarms and a final upgrade to four door locks.
The Middle School will get a monitor at the loading dock area for $1,000 and the Laconia High School will get $25,000 in security upgrades including outside lighting and four cameras, radios, three panic buttons, and internal door locks with intruder functions for 15 doors.
From the 2013-2014 budget an additional $57,800 will be spend for two news doors at the Huot Regional Technical Education Center at LHS, the construction of a bank and school store, a catwalk ceiling and the reclamation of the Huot dining facility.
Committee member Mike Persson said the 2013-2014 upgrades will be done during the second half of the summer when the next fiscal year's budget begins.
The conversation about certain security upgrades began after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and included information gathered by the school administration working in conjunction with the Laconia Police Department.