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Hillsborough district secures access to schools



Gates and fences are going up at Hillsborough public schools that were found too accessible after the Connecticut shootings in December. The so-called "hardening of access" is 70 percent complete, Chief Facilities Officer Cathy Valdes told the School Board Tuesday. The upgrades will cost about $1.6-million and involve about 100 schools.

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, district officials toured the schools and found approximately 10 percent needed more controlled access. The number grew as officials considered safety issues as well.  In some cases they are researching property issues or waiting for materials before they can finish the projects. The money comes from operating revenues and a contingency fund in the facilities department.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:15pm]


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