Residents of Newtown, Conn., have voted against a hike to the town and school district’s budgets of about 5 percent that was proposed to improve school security across the 5,500-student district.
Between them, the Hartford Courant reported, the proposed school and town budgets of about $111 million would have included nearly $1 million to hire additional police officers.
That would have allowed for armed police resource officers and unarmed security guards in each of the district’s seven schools. Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School was the site of a mass shooting by an adult intruder in December.
A version of this article appeared in the May 08, 2013 edition of Education Week as Residents of Newtown Reject Budget Increase