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APS planning on $13 million in security upgrades

Patrick Hayes
August 20, 2018 10:31 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque Public School District is asking the state for more than $7 million to help pay for security at 70 schools.

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APS said it’s gone through a detailed process to identify which schools need upgrades.

"The difference is that some schools are newer, so they have a lot more fencing. Some of the newer schools have the door locks already installed, where the teacher doesn't have to go into the corridor to lock the door, they can lock it from the inside," said Kizito Wijenje, APS executive director of capital master planning.

According to the district, they used the age of the school, the school's location, and neighborhood crime stats to decide which schools will get the upgrades first.

In all, the district wants to spend more than $13 million on improving security, 45 percent of that money will come from the district.

The rest, the more than $7 million, is being requested from the state.

If approved, West Mesa High School would get the most money, $313,000.

Click here for a breakdown of the schools that would receive money

APS said it hopes to find out if the funding is approved by October.

Officials say installing the new security measures would take less than nine months.

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