CMS security proposal has estimated cost of $33M

CMS security proposal has estimated cost of $33M

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by TONY BURBECK & DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 12:30 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lots of cameras, fencing and new technology are on CMS' wish list to upgrade security in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The price tag is about $34 million dollars and would affect every single school.

The money would come a 2007 school bond referendum. CMS says it saved about $40 million dollars in construction costs and projects that went away when some schools closed.

Here's what's on the wish list:

  • $1.2 million for electronic entry at every school
  • $10 million for fencing around mobiles
  • $3 million for fencing around buidlings
  • $16 million for cameras at all elementary and middle schools
  • $821,000 for bandwidth upgrades
  • $240,000  for a student visitor id system
  • $2.5 million to upgrade internal police radios

The new systems will all talk to each other, be centrally located and easily accessible to the district and law enforcement.

CMS says making the security upgrades is like a long distance race instead of a sprint, with the initial changes expected to happen this fall.

"We have to do this slowly, we don't want to put ourselves in a situation where we install systems and have to back track," said CMS Chief Operating Officer Millard House.

"I would feel a whole lot better, I would, if they did it," said Mary Brown, who has two grandchildren in a CMS school.

The CMS Board approved the plan Tuesday night but county commissioners also have to Ok it since it would be redirecting money from the 2007 bond.

If approved, new security improvements could begin this fall after a bidding process.

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