School security upgrades will be in the hands of Central Square taxpayers

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CENTRAL SQUARE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Next Tuesday, taxpayers will go to the polls to approve or reject their school districts’ spending plan for next year. 

But in Central Square, the vote has a lot more on the line. Separate from the budget, taxpayers will decide on a $12 million plan to improve school security across the district.

It will cost each homeowner about $21 more per $100,000 in home value, but the superintendent says it’s worth it.

Most of the money will go to renovating the main entrances at seven buildings: Paul V. Moore High School, the middle school, Brewerton Elementary, Hastings-Mallory Elementary, AA Cole Elementary, Millard Hawk Elementary, and Central Square Intermediate, which will hold students in the coming years when their other buildings get remodeled.

The new entrances will be fortified for security, allowing guests in only one door. After being buzzed in first, they’ll be contained in a security vestibule where their ID will be checked. Once school personnel deems the person safe, they’ll have to be buzzed through a second door before being allowed access to the rest of the building.

Currently, in Central Square, once buzzed in, guests have access to the entire building.

In addition to the main entrances, bollards will be installed to protect doors, the windows will be covered in security film and doors will be replaced.

Another key piece of the plan is the hiring of a fourth school resource officer. The three others are stationed in the high school, middle school and one is shared among four elementary schools.

More information on the plan is available on the district’s website.

Central Square voters should familiarize themselves with the new polling locations: Central Square American Legion and the Constantia VFW. Each person’s assigned poll is based on where they live.

The district reduced the number of polling sites to allow for more hours. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the first time ever, a change made based on voters’ request to go before work.

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