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Bedford Schools to Get Security Co. on Watch

Bedford Central's school board voted to approve retaining Summit Security Services from March through June, with an extension option for the 2013-14 school year.

A security company will soon have its personnel on patrol at the perimeters of Bedford Central's school buildings.

The school board voted unanimously at its Wednesday meeting to retain Summit Security Services, a Hartsdale-based company, from March 1 to June 30. The district has the option to extend the deal for the 2013-14 school year.

The billing rate for the deal will be $26.50 per hour for each person used.

The intent for the deal focuses on the perimeters of the buildings; Superintendent Jere Hochman told Patch that they would be "predominantly outside." However, they could be used inside as well, which Hochman said would be in "providing some support in the offices”

“The idea is we want eyes on the outside of the building," Hochman said.

The superintendent declined to say whether the company's employees will be armed.

The decision to hire the company is the latest security matter for Bedford Central since the December school shooting in nearby Newtown, CT. Other response measures from the district have included hiring an outside consultant to assess the school buildings, and a request from Hochman to officials in Bedford, Mount Kisco and Pound Ridge to provide police presences through the end of the school year.

Asked for an update on his request, Hochman explained that each town has been offering police.

Lisa Buchman (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Is this reassuring to folks? Worth the cost?
Theresa Flora February 21, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Worth it and reassuring if the guards are armed.
Michelle February 21, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Reassuring and about time. I'm all for it, Our kids are always worth it! We have armed guards securing our money at banks, aren't our kids worth more than that!!
Theresa Flora February 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Seems like a lot of $ per hour if the guards are unarmed. Are we going to get an answer regarding this? Or is this another shut up and pay up?
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Dale February 23, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Talk of how much it costs to secure the safety of our children is ludicrous. Ensuring their safety is priceless. Not to mention, the peace of mind our children will have knowing they are being protected by a security firm. Lastly, these security officers must be armed and the Superintendent is negligent in not providing us with this information. Why the secrecy?

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