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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:24 PM

There are 67,000 public elementary schools in America as of 2010 [View all]

http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=84

A Wild Ass Guess about how much it would take to make each of those schools reasonably secure against an Adam Lanza would be a million dollars each. That may sound like a lot but good security is expensive and would require considerable renovation of most schools. Renovation is more of a craft work than standard new construction and it takes more skills and tools to accomplish the job.

Also you really wouldn't want the resulting renovations to look like a prison or reform school setting, that's going to drive up the costs considerably.

That's 67 billion dollars, round it off to 70 billion and double it you get 150 billion more or less.

Now think of the budget for personnel. You're going to have high standards for anyone hired as a guard so it will be expensive, at least $70K year and bennies to drive it up closer to $100K and quite possibly over that depending on location. That's another $6.7 billion yearly just for one guard per grammar school, double that and round off to $15 billion/year.

That's a very rough estimate of the magnitude of the security problem in the grammar schools if we actually care enough about our kids to try to stop [strike]another[/strike] the next Adam Lanza.

Wouldn't be too bad an economic stimulus as well.

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