Several Cape & Islands School Districts Receive Funding For Security Upgrades

BOSTON – Several local school districts have received state grant funding to upgrade security equipment and technology to bolster public safety resources.

The Dennis-Yarmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, Monomoy and Nantucket School districts, Barnstable High School and the Edgartown School received a total of nearly $327,000.

A total of $7.2 million was awarded to more than 140 school districts across the Commonwealth.

The grant funds will enable schools to upgrade and install crucial security infrastructure, including exterior door locks, surveillance video cameras, school site alarms, interoperable communications systems and active shooter detection systems.

The grants are being awarded by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in conjunction with the Executive Office of Education.

“These investments will provide much needed safety resources to our students and teachers in schools across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

“We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with school officials to understand how we can better protect our schools, and we are pleased to have worked with the Legislature to award this round of grants. We are hopeful that we can continue this discussion as we consider this year’s budget to build on these efforts in more communities.”

The grant funding was included in a Fiscal Year 2018 supplemental budget. The budget bill signed by Baker also included $7.5 million in additional aid for school districts to hire social workers, mental health counselors and psychologists.

Barnstable High School received $80,000 for a video surveillance system.

The Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District was awarded $60,000 to replace worn and outdated doors and locking hardware.

The Martha’s Vineyard School District received $60,000 for a project to laminate film on interior windows and installing standard key locking mechanisms on interior doors.

The Monomoy Regional School District was awarded $60,000 for magnetic swipe entry cards.

Nantucket Public Schools received $45,600 for Motorola APX Portable Radios.

And the Edgartown School was awarded $21,357 for an electronic active shooter detection and reporting system.

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