The shooting deaths of 20 first-graders at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. has prompted Burbank Unified officials to install a buzz-in security system at Emerson Elementary School — the last campus of its kind to not have one.
Emerson — one of 11 elementary schools in the district — will also get an intercom and security camera as part of the security upgrade after Burbank Unified school board members approved the $9,000 project.
After the events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, in which a shooter shot and killed 26 people, including 20 students — officials reviewed existing security measures at Burbank’s elementary school campuses.
“Sandy Hook was a real catalyst in the process of bringing this to the forefront of everyone’s attention,” said Christine Statton, assistant superintendent of administrative services.
Emerson Elementary is unique in that it has an iron gate leading to wooden French doors with glass panels that are part of the school’s decades-old architecture.