Security survey underway at Westport (Conn.) schools

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Representatives of the Manhattan-based consulting firm Kroll Inc. arrived in Westport last week to begin a month-long security review of the town's eight public schools and computer learning center.

Elio Longo, the school district's assistant superintendent for business, provided an update on the $100,000 survey at Monday's Board of Education meeting. He anticipates school officials and police will receive a draft report of recommendations and findings from Kroll by mid-November.

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said he expects the firm will provide an interim report earlier, which would detail what could be done quickly to meet any immediate security issues.

The new study comes six years after the last security audit was conducted of local school facilities, which resulted in the installation of buzzer systems at main entrances and surveillance cameras at all of the town's schools. This latest audit was prompted by the mass shooting last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, which claimed the lives of 26 students, teachers and administrators.

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