Troy residents vote yes on school safety and tech proposal

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Updated: 12/10/2013 10:41 pm

TROY, N.Y. - Troy residents approved an $84 million bond referendum for technology and safety upgrades throughout the Troy City School District on Tuesday.

The goal of the Capital Project is to improve safety and security with new security cameras and locks on school doors. At the same time, the money will help make 21st century tools, like smart boards, available to students and teachers.

Parent, Doug Rotundi said security is "Very important thing to have nowadays."

On Tuesday night, it was mostly parents like Doug Rotundi at the polls, voting for the Bond Referendum.

The unofficial count of votes were 385 YES and 279 NO.

The Capital Project would allow the district to implement security upgrades already available at Troy Middle School into other school buildings district-wide

"I believe this would be a very important attribute here to this school, School 18, where my daughter goes," said parent Brian McVay.

With the one year anniversary of The Sandy Hook shooting weighing on parents' minds, security has become a priority

"Unfortunately it's shootings we hear about in the past," continued parent, Jessica Joseph. "It's great to have extra security."

McVay explained "From what I've understood, especially out in Connecticut, it's very difficult to understand who's going to do what, when, and where."

Some parents like McVay, whose daughter goes to kindergarten, said he's more worried about keeping an eye on the children and believes the camera will go a long way in monitoring things more efficiently

"Cost is a very small value to what we're getting," said McVay. "I don't see that as a major issue."

The average school property tax bill will go up about $11 if the referendum passes. 

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