Manatee County schools begin security upgrades including new digital camera systems

Manatee school leaders are working on a school “hardening” project.

“We are getting new digital camera systems, buzzer access systems to the buildings,” said Deputy Superintendent Ron Ciranna.

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School leaders wouldn’t give a price-tag on the project or release how many buildings will be getting the security upgrades over the summer.  ABC Action News confirmed Anna Maria Island Elementary will be getting a new buzzer system over the summer. Parents and volunteers will have to be buzzed in by the front office.

Bradenton grandmother Cynthia Keller said the upgrades give her peace of mind.

“If we can’t protect our children then who are we protecting,” said Keller.

School leaders plan to release more details about the security plan during a school board meeting next week.

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