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Capital Project Aimed at Making Schools More Secure

The Binghamton City School district is asking voters to approve a 12 million dollar capital project they say will improve school security.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kerry Mullins says along with renovations, some of the money proposed in the project will go towards adding cameras to every city school as well as card readers. Mullins says 900,000 dollars will come from the districts capital reserve fund and up to 11,100,000 dollars would come from bonds-- meaning no tax increase.
 
"We want to be able to lock our exterior doors so that at any school people who want to come in to the building are identified by a camera system then have to be let in through a buzzer system," said Kerry Mullins, assistant superintendent of schools.
 
Mullins says there are already over 200 cameras in the high school and cameras are currently being installed at the Woodrow Wilson and Benjamin Franklin Elementary Schools. 

There will be a public hearing on March 10. Binghamton residents will vote on the project March 17.

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