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Niagara Falls School Board OKs $4 million in security gear for schools

NIAGARA FALLS - Every public school in Niagara Falls will get new security cameras and swipe-card readers as part of a $4 million package of security equipment approved by the Board of Education Thursday.

Superintendent Mark R. Laurrie said the money came from Albany last year through an $8.8 million allocation from the state's Smart Schools Bond Act. The district spent the other half of the money on classroom technology last year.

The security package includes 128 new video cameras and the upgrade of some existing ones, Laurrie said. The Niagara Falls Police Department will have access to all the video feeds.

Also as part of the package, the district is replacing old swipe-card readers with new ones on every exterior door on every building, and special film is to be applied to windows in the doors to keep them from shattering into pieces when smashed. Installation work is planned for this summer.

 

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