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September 21, 2016 - Leslie P. King presenting program on school security in design for CBA Construction Law Section

Leslie P. King is presenting a program on school security in design entitled “School Security: A Work in Progress” for the CBA Construction Law Section.

In the wake of the shocking Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedies,  among others, the country has rightly focused on the critical issue of increased school security.  School boards and municipalities across the nation have had to make appropriate accommodations and changes to their schools to keep pace with new legislative and regulatory  infrastructure.

Recognizing the importance and complexity of these new rules and regulations, and implementing the necessary procedures to comply with them, should be a primary goal of all municipal and school board leaders and their legal counsel.   The Construction Law Section of the CBA has arranged for a program that will provide concrete information about the new school security rules and what must be done to achieve full compliance in Connecticut. 

 On Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016 at the Inn at Middletown, Middletown, Connecticut, Philip Santore of DVS, a division of Ross & Baruzzini, Consulting and Engineering, and Leslie King of Murtha Cullina, LLP will jointly present a program  on school security in design. The Connecticut legislature created the School Safety Infrastructure Council (SSIC) which was charged with, among other things, the promulgation of design standards to enhance public school security.

 While the concept of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (“CPTED”) is not new and is already an AIA “recommended practice,” Connecticut is the only state to tie conformance to the standards to state funding.  These new standards, however, are not necessarily internally consistent and may not be appropriate for every project. Some involve blast proof glass, automatic locks, higher windows, and external surveillance.

 How might  these standards impact your client both practically and legally?   Discover why there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to school security  

This presentation will cover the following:

The challenge:


The reality of what is achievable

How to prioritize and budget for security enhancements
How to be proactive by focusing on the "three legs" of school security: architecture, technology, and operations
How to deal with the potential legal implications of the new standards

Phil is a principal at DVS, which is responsible for the development of security criteria implementation, engineering and design services for the new World Trade Centre site and the new Sandy Hook Elementary School being constructed in Newtown, Connecticut. Leslie is a partner in Murtha’s New Haven office where she practices construction law.

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