City to spend up to $20M on security for private schools

From the New York Post

The city is going to spend as much as $19.8 million a year to provide security guards at private and parochial schools that request them, officials announced Wednesday.

The guards are part of a compromise hammered out between the de Blasio administration and legislators demanding that the NYPD station school-safety officers at all 800 or so non-public schools.

That would have cost as much as $50 million a year.

The new initiative is a third as expensive and will limit protection to schools with 300 or more students.

“This first-of-its-kind program in New York City is going to help keep more of our children safe, regardless of what type of school they attend,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), who sponsored the legislation requiring the guards, called it a win for all kids.

Earlier this year, his previous bill mandating NYPD-supervised security garnered a veto-proof majority in the council but was never put up for vote amid opposition from City Hall.

Mayor de Blasio, who had expressed concern about the price and the diversion of NYPD resources in the prior bill, hailed the compromise as “targeted and fiscally responsible.”