FCPS discusses additional security funding

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FALLS CHURCH, VA. -- The Fairfax County Public School Board held a public hearing on Thursday on a recommended $4.3-million increase to the system's budget to add several security features identified in an internal review.

The review, released in June, was ordered in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida and recommended that the school system hire eight people to allow for more training, 18 people to enhance the mental health support within schools, and to replace all classroom door handles to ones that have a push-button lock on the inside (versus the current dual-key lock which takes longer to lock).

The report also recommended installing Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras system-wide. The board said it was going to look at this issue separately at a later date.

There is a second public hearing on July 17 and the board will vote on the funding on July 26.

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