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USD 373 Receives Grant From Department of Justice
Posted 9/15/20

USD 373 will receive a $374,785 grant from the Department of Justice for the improvement of school safety measures. These funds will allow the district to upgrade school access technology and add cameras to improve student and staff safety. Newton Schools is the only district in the state to receive the award.

The cost of the electronic access control (EAC) system is $245,952. The EAC system will be installed at 48 entry points at 12 school sites. The price tag includes all hardware, software, computer services, servers, labor and wire. The system includes an outside buzzer, intercom and camera(s) so front office staff can see who is requesting entry prior to building access. 

The cost of the video surveillance technology is $253,764. These funds will allow the district to install cameras at 126 priority locations throughout the district. The cost and license for the system includes all hardware, software, labor, wiring, and integration at all school locations.

The funds come from the office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The organization gave out nearly $50 million in school safety funding through the School Violence Prevention Program.

The district will have to match part of the grant. They will provide $124,931 of the total estimated expense for the projects which is $499,716.