Grants allow E. Wash. schools to beef up security

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 28 at 8:50 PM

MEAD, Wash.-- Four Spokane area school districts planned to use grant funding awarded in May to build on existing security systems and increase school safety. 

Several school districts in Washington received millions of dollars in grants to add new technology and upgrade security. Of that funding, $36,000 was designated for Ritzville School District, $58,000 for Colville School District, $92,000 for Cheney School district and more than $310,000 for Mead School District.

Mead School District planned to use to funding to advance existing technology.

“I’m just appreciative we can move forward with these first steps,” said Jared Hoadley with the Mead School District.

At Cheney Middle School, administrators already monitored the campus by accessing live camera feeds in their offices and on their phones. School officials said the new funding would allow them to connect those resources. Giving the district access to cameras from all campuses on one device would help them achieve an ongoing goal to speed up law enforcement response time. 

Mead and Colville School Districts planned to use the funding to improve the locks and doors at their schools by upgrading to swipe keys.  

In areas where schools were ill-equipped, officials said the grant would pay for software to help them employ a better security system all together.

“We’ve put some protocols in place to keep our students as safe as possible with what we have,” said Hoadley.

Although each school district had a unique timeline, most planned to start using the grant money in the Summer of 2014.

 

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