ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last month, Montgomery County is accelerating its security plan for elementary schools.

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to ensure elementary schools have installed a security access system in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Board members voted to accelerate the $364,000 needed to get access control systems installed at the 26 elementary schools still without them. Those schools were slated to receive the security access systems next year as part of the county’s six-year security plan, but board member Patricia O’Neill proposed moving the funds from next year’s fiscal budget to this year’s.

O’Neill said she feels the move is necessary to help protect students but added that people shouldn’t just rely on the system to protect children while in school.

The goal is to have the systems, which will allow an administrator at the schools to verify anyone wishing to enter before buzzing them in, installed by June.

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