\u201cDo they realize what just happened in Florida?! Do they realize..?\u201d school board member Doug Silver said. Ridgefield students have been doing lockdown drills since the Newtown school shootings in 2012. And school security has repeatedly been cited as a rationale for budget requests, ranging from door locks to cameras to security guards \u2014 including $750,000 appropriation passed shortly after the Newtown tragedy to beef up school security. It\u2019s a hot issue again. Silver was venting Tuesday night about the selectmen\u2019s $237,000 reduction to \u201csecurity\u201d items in the 2018-19 school capital budget proposal. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Wednesday that the selectmen were trying to get overall borrowing down to $2.75 million for next year \u2014 it\u2019s still projected at $3 million. \u201cThey could restore it and take it out of some of the other items, as long as their total ask is reduced by $237,000,\u201d Marconi said. The schools\u2019 $949,000 capital request includes $475,700 for \u201ctechnology and facilities upgrades for continuity of safety and school operations.\u201d Included are: $162,800 for \u201creplacement of outdated district-wide wireless access points that currently support all security cameras \u2026 building access controls; and the mass notification infrastructure.\u201d $64,000 for replacement of \u201cout of warranty, aged-out servers used for file storage and critical network infrastructure \u2026\u201d The \u201cimpacts\u201d listed include: \u201cLoss of access to put building(s) into lockdown; inability to secure and control access to building doors; loss of access to camera surveillance and recording capability; loss of network credentials necessary for access to safety and security devices \u2026\u201d Other security requests include: $75,000 for 47 \u201csurveillance interior cameras\u201d in the elementary schools and \u201cadditional critical cameras\u201d in the high school.\u201d This is \u201cbased on a recent state police audit\u201d with a goal to \u201csafeguard our elementary students and facilities by surveilling the interior of our school hallways, entrance points and other critical areas.\u201d $105,000 to install \u201cimpact resistant intrusion film\u201d and \u201cwet glazing\u201d in order \u201cto strengthen exposable glass entryways and adjacent entry windows\u201d to \u201cslow the intrusion process and buy valuable time in mitigating any intrusion threat.\u201d $68,900 for \u201cconstruction of interior front entrance vestibule to secure front entrance\u201d at East Ridge Middle School. \u201cProvides securable access points to the auditorium, cafeteria, and staff break-room; creating a necessary, securable stoppoint point for visitor registration and sign-in,\u201d the budget document says. \u201cWe did a security audit two years ago with the State Police,\u201d Dr. Robert Miller, the schools\u2019 director of technology and operations development, told the Board of Education when outlining the request in November. \u201cThey recommended to us the creation of a locked-in area where a visitor comes in\u2026\u201d The program would start this year at East Ridge, he said, since it\u2019s main office is so far from the front door.