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F-M schools security upgrade on the ballot Tuesday

Voters head to the polls Tuesday in districts across Central New York to decide on budgets for the next school year, but many of us will have more than just that on the ballot.
Fayetteville (WSYR-TV) - Voters head to the polls Tuesday in districts across Central New York to decide on budgets for the next school year, but many of us will have more than just that on the ballot.

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District will ask people there if they want to go ahead with a major school security project.

Like many districts, F-M over the years has gradually been upgrading its security systems, but after the school shooting tragedy in Sandy Hook many parents began asking if there isn't more to do to make their schools safer.

The district looked at those suggestions, had a risk assessment done with Manlius Police and came up with a plan.

At just under $1 million, it would be a sweeping enhancement to security efforts across the district.

F-M Superintendent Corliss Kaiser told NewsChannel 9, “We know we can never offer a total guarantee, but we do want our community to know we do care very deeply about the safety of our children and we're doing what we feel is in both the community’s and our children's best interest."

They would be adding more security cameras to the district buildings, but this project is about more than just that, including redesigning the entryways into district buildings.

The project is not tied to the budget, it's a separate proposition and vote, but one the district feels is as important as any other on the ballot Tuesday.

The project would add one dollar to the school tax bill of homeowners for every $100,000 of assessed value. It would be paid off in 15 years.

In all Tuesday, voters will consider a total of eight separate propositions including the budget and security project. Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Fayetteville Elementary.

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