School safety audit highlights schism between priorities and decisions

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While the long-awaited safety audit reviewed last week by the School Committee — and calling for $1 million in critical upgrades — was being conducted in September, the school department cut a position from its safety liaison office.

Now a top school official and members of the School Committee are skeptical that the Worcester Public Schools are positioned to adequately respond to the review by Norwell-based Good Harbor Techmark LLC, which in addition to the critical upgrades identified more than $5 million in overall improvements at the 15 schools it canvassed.

School Safety Liaison Robert Pezzella told the Sun last week, “To say that we’re going to put a million dollars of new funding into school safety, when school safety has recently been cut, is very worrisome to me of how we are going to fulfill the recommendations of the audit.”

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