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December 20, 2012

Public weighs in on Londonderry town budget

Few attend town budget hearing

LONDONDERRY — Residents talked safety Monday night, weighing in on ways to keep the town’s schools more secure following last week’s shooting in Newtown, Conn.

At a town budget hearing, people spoke about a proposed warrant article that would put another school resource officer in place at a cost of $101,000.

Right now, the district has one officer for its six schools.

Some say adding another officer is needed; more may be better.

The school district had up to four officers in past years. Budgetary constraints reduced that number to one.

Voters will now consider bringing back one officer as part of the proposed budget for next year.

Following last Friday’s shooting, town officials said everyone quickly jumped into action on the local front.

Police went to all district schools; officials met with school administration and personnel to make sure the buildings were secure.

Acting town manager and police Chief Bill Hart said Londonderry is doing everything right to keep schools safe.

Adding another school resource officer is an easy way to keep security tight, he said.

“Sadly, it is a reaction to the tragedy in Newtown,” Hart said. “We can do more with regard to security and we can do more in providing a police department that is visible in the schools.”

School superintendent Nate Greenberg thanked everyone who took the rapid response last response.

Right now, schools are very safe, officials said.

“We have cameras in every school, we met with administration and staff to review plans, and we are working with fire and police,” Greenberg said. “A number of things are in place. I firmly believe our kids are safe in our district.”

Greenberg said plans are reviewed every year to keep security measures updated.

Resident Dan Bouchard said adding another school resource officer is needed, maybe adding two would be better.

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