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School security top priority

Security’s the top priority as kids return to school Monday.

Security cameras. Access cards. Fencing and gates. Window film that prevents seeing in. Single-point entry. Changes to interior and exterior doors.

“There’s a lot of security projects,” school board chairman Frank Barbieri Jr. told community leaders at the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations early Tuesday.

Changes were made by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, passed after the Parkland shootings, he said.

Soon, city police will be able to see what’s going on in schools with cameras, he added.

“You can no longer get into the courtyard at Spanish River High. We’re tightening up all the old campuses. We’re doing our best to make sure all the children are safe.”

School board chairman Frank Barbieri Jr. shows renderings of the new Verde K-thru-8 school at the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations monthly gathering.

All 10 schools in Boca city limits are A-rated for the first time, Barbieri announced in his update.

Schools are spending half of the 1-cent sales tax voters approved on needed repairs, from leaky roofs to parking lot paving Barbieri said.

Calusa Elementary and Spanish River High are getting modular units to relieve overcrowding. Boca High has a smaller incoming class, he noted.

Students will spend a year at the new temporary school while Verde Elementary is being rebuilt. Then it’s Addison Mizner’s turn, he said.

It will take four years to transition both schools into kindergarten through eighth grade as students progress into middle school grades, he said.

By Marci Shatzman

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