Board notes better security

BAR HARBOR — Updates to school security were discussed by the school committee here Monday.

During the current school year, many new safety measures have been put into place. In addition to meetings with staff to review concerns, school administrators conducted meetings with the police department and knowledgeable individuals to discuss their observations on school safety as well as viable options for increasing the level of protection to students.

Panic buttons that are tied to the Bar Harbor Police and Fire departments have been installed at each school secretary desk and in the library. Security cameras now monitor the outside grounds as well as all doors.

The school has budgeted $15,000 for further updates. The money will possibly spent on investing in a keyless entry, locked interior doors or a possible reconstruction of the Emerson entrance.

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