Burlington County schools offered help to improve internal security

Officials in Burlington County have come up with what they believe is a unique way to improve school security.

David Madden
June 15, 2018 - 9:00 pm
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MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- Officials in Burlington County have come up with what they believe is a unique way to improve school security. And they're backing up their plan with cold, hard cash. 
    
Freeholders are making $20 million available to high schools throughout the county to improve their building's infrastructure.
    
"Some schools may want to create new entryways or vestibules, while others may use it for technology like cameras, scan card systems, panic alarms, entry buzzers, those types of things," Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs told KYW Newsradio.
    
And while they might draw up a wish list, getting it will require applying to the county and an independent inspection.
    
"Individual districts can reach out and set up onsite visits with a highly qualified architectural firm which will make the evaluations for all of the schools participating and that way the applications can all be evaluated on an even playing field," Gibbs added.        
    
Decisions should be made by fall and, if there's still money available, Gibbs says they'll consider expanding into elementary and middle schools that might want in. 
    
And by the way, she insists county taxes will not go up to pay for it all. Instead, the county's capital budget will be adjusted to prioritize these projects.