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CMS school safety upgrades up for a vote

Schools across Mecklenburg County will get new fences, cameras and other security improvements after county commissioners and the school board approve a plan for safety improvements today.

Neither group has released details of the final agreement, but earlier they had talked about spending roughly $30 million for safety upgrades. The money would come from school bonds approved in 2007.

Superintendent Heath Morrison and his staff began reviewing campus security after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December.

County commissioners will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. today to review and vote on the plan, in Room 280 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. The school board will vote on the plan at its 6 p.m. meeting in Room 267 of the Government Center.

Morrison has said his staff is also considering whether additional police officers or security staff are needed. If so, that would be part of the 2013-14 budget. The school board will hold its first budget work session at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 267 of the Government Center.

All of these meetings are open to the public.

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