Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Awards $7.2 Million to 143 School Districts to Improve School Safety

FRAMINGHAM — Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito hosted a roundtable discussion on school safety at Walsh Middle School in Framingham and announced $7.2 million in grants awarded to more than 140 school districts across the Commonwealth to upgrade school security equipment and technology to bolster public safety resources for students and staff.

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

Superintendents and school officials, as well as public safety officials, discussed what they are doing to keep students safe. The Governor and Lt. Governor were joined by Education Secretary James Peyser, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Undersecretary Benincasa Thorpe, as well as Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask and Framingham Fire Chief Joseph Hicks.

"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."

"Our administration is grateful for the input and expertise from school superintendents, mental health experts and law enforcement officials that helped us develop a package of school safety initiatives," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "It is crucial we continue to give Massachusetts schools the resources and tools they need."

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

In July 2018, Governor Baker proposed wide-ranging school safety legislation that included funds to support school safety, strengthen mental health programs in schools and address substance misuse prevention, education and screening for students. Additionally, Governor Baker joined Lt. Governor Polito, Education Secretary James Peyser, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, and former Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett in August 2018 and met with school superintendents, principals, and local police chiefs to discuss school safety and what could be done locally to keep students safer.

"We must think about protecting our students and teachers from the threat of violence in the classroom," said Secretary of Education James Peyser. "By strengthening student supports, as well as upgrading security measures, we aim to do more to keep Massachusetts students safe."

"A safe, secure learning environment is essential to student success," said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. "At a time when school violence is a major concern across the nation, these grants represent an important investment in children's physical safety and educational development.

"As a former superintendent and school counselor, I know the importance of getting additional dollars into both building improvements and student supports," said Commissioner Jeff Riley. "We will continue to work with superintendents to help keep students safe.

"We are honored to open our doors today in Framingham and to offer a warm greeting by our students and staff in celebration of this incredible investment," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert A. Tremblay. "Schools only become safe and secure places when our students feel that they belong. In addition to implementing the necessary infrastructure supports, we emphasize the importance of relationships so that our students feel connected to their peers and the adults in our schools.

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Acton Boxborough Regional School District$80,000.00Electronic access door controls
Adams Cheshire Regional School District$49,689.48Cameras, aiphone IP system, access control main entrance door
Alma Del Mar Charter School$60,000.00Surveillance cameras, door locks, doorbells/aiphones
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Atlantis Charter School$20,000.00Security cameras, radio sets, security equipment for front doors
Auburn Public School$48,000.00Server replacement, new surveillance cameras
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Barnstable High School$80,000.00Video Surveillance System
Bellingham Public School$22,500.00Re-key Memorial School, new locking mechanism
Berkley Public Schools$35,000.00Perimeter security system, control access entry, LobbyGuard kiosks, camera system
Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter (BART)$34,950.00Electronic key card systems, exterior door replacements
Berlin Boylston School District$34,950.00Interoperability repeaters, radios, public safety links
Blackstone Millville Regional School District$14,737.50Surveillance systems (card readers, IP cameras, access control)
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational School$80,000.00Locks, security cameras, proximity card readers
Braintree Public School$78,754.00Surveillance cameras
Bristol County Agricultural High School$73,005.00Security system-visual monitoring equipment, door access controls
Brockton Public School$77,201.55Door locks, video surveillance cameras
Chelmsford Public School$60,000.00S2 software and server hardware, door lock nodes
Clarksburg Public School$35,000.00Vestibule/double entry system w/bullet proof glass, video surveillance, access control system
Clinton Public School$30,000.00Proximity card system, remote alarm system
Cohasset Middle/High School$34,670.00Expand coverage of interior camera system
Community Charter School of Cambridge$80,000.00Security systems
Concord Public School$18,680.00Exterior cameras
Conway Grammar School$30,000.00Door structures, locking hardware, access control system
Dedham Public School$31,873.00Exterior door locks, security vestibule
Deerfield Elementary School$31,500.00External door monitoring technology, video surveillance system
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District$60,000.00Replace worn/outdated doors and locking hardware
Duxbury Public School$60,000.00Security cameras, lock down emergency notification system
East Bridgewater Public/Gordon W. Mitchell School$45,000.00Security equipment for doors and main entrances
Easton Public School$20,620.48Update to security camera systems
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School$75,000.00Electronic door system, keypads, interior/exterior cameras, lobby guard system
Farmington River Regional Elementary School$10,000.00Interior and exterior video surveillance cameras
Fitchburg Public School$80,000.00Upgrade to entry doors/locks, emergency exit doors
Foxboro Regional Charter School$46,666.67Door locks
Foxborough Public School$40,848.75Exterior door hardware, panic bars and locking control system
Framingham Public School$60,000.00Active Shooter Detection
Franklin Public School$60,000.00Security cameras, panic buttons, access control switches
Freetown/Lakeville Regional School District$65,432.02Door access control system, restricted keyway door locks
Frontier Regional School$22,000.00Integrated access control system w/card readers
Gardner Public School$60,000.00Classroom door locks, security cameras, access control system
Gateway Regional School District$26,577.00Single point of entry system
Georgetown Public School$35,000.00Radio systems with repeaters, replacement radios and programming
Granby Public School$30,400.00New doors and locking hardware
Greater Lawrence Technical School$80,000.00HDTV external network cameras, external Public announcement system, Ethernet enabled integrated external door controllers
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School$11,220.00Security cameras and intercom system
Greenfield Public School$60,000.00Surveillance cameras, single entry door locks
Groton-Dunstable Regional School District$49,213.00Two-way radios to police and fire
Hadley Public School$34,057.45Exterior doors and locks, key fob systems with single secure entry points, interior classroom door locks
Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District$60,000.00Cameras, panic buttons, single point entry locking device, stop the bleed kits
Hampshire Regional School$59,034.52Secure single-entry front doors, front reception window
Hatfield Public School District$33,826.00Corbin door locks, install thumbscrews, repair panic bars, blue strobe light
Hingham Public School$56,980.00Locking hardware with electronic access systems. Public Address systems
Holliston Public School$60,000.00Exterior camera surveillance system
Holyoke Public School$47,851.00Door locks, entry door vestibule, electric strikes for existing doors, bulletproof security window, exterior/interior cameras
Hopedale Public School$35,000.00Door Locks, security cameras, visitor management system, RFDI scanner
Hopkinton Public School$49,000.00Visitor Management System
Hudson Public School$60,000.00Security management hardware and software
Lawrence Public School$71,300.00Enhanced communication security system
Lee Middle and High School$30,550.00Vestibule, remote access control, security glass, locks
Leicester High School$52,673.75Access control and video monitoring
Leominster Public School$74,448.68Exterior doors, emergency buttons, security cameras
Leverett Elementary School$8,882.00Keyless access points for entrances
Lincoln Sudbury Regional School$59,000.00Dukane Communications System
Lowell Public School$72,000.00Interior double doors and locks
Lunenburg Public School$55,500.00Single cameras, multi focus/multi directional cameras
Lynn Public School$49,600.00RAVE mobile school safety app
Malden Public School$60,000.00Security cameras
Mansfield Public School$79,995.00Exterior doors and locks
Marlborough Public School$40,000.00Update security cameras
Martha's Vineyard Regional School District$60,000.00Laminate film on interior windows, standard key locking mechanisms on interior doors
Masconomet Regional School District$80,000.00Door locks and hardware
McCann Technical School/Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District$24,393.95Surveillance cameras, wireless access points, POE injectors, vinyl window block out clings
Medford Public School$38,502.00Security rated impact resistance film for doors, online training platform
Medway Public School$60,000.00Replace classroom doorknobs/locksets
Mendon-Upton Regional School District$28,678.00Security cameras and security system
Methuen Public School$79,461.88Classroom door locks, surveillance cameras
Middleborough Public School$50,490.00Security cameras, network server
Millbury Public  School$59,392.42Replacement doors, panic buttons, double door locked security, cameras
Mohawk Trail Regional School District$59,978.00Security vestibule, security cameras and equipment, blue flashing exterior warning lights, Go-kits
Monomy Regional School District$60,000.00Magnetic swipe entry cards
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School$80,000.00Exterior doors and locks
Nahant Public School- Johnson Elementary$4,795.00Security cameras and security system
Nantucket Public School$45,600.00Motorola APX Portable radios
Nashoba Regional School District$62,230.00Public safety linking communication system, inclusive of repeaters, linking system, radios and licensing
Nashoba Valley Technical School$80,000.00Electronic lock system, interior classroom locks
Natick Public School$19,995.00Electronic visitor management equipment and software
New Bedford Public School$64,000.00Door safety locks, retro fit door locking device
Newton Public School$61,570.00Security cameras, HDMVR server
North Brookfield School$35,000.00Interoperability Communication System to include phones
Northbridge Public School$59,700.00Exterior door sets, new locksets for doors
Norton Public School$47,521.00Cameras, buzzer systems, ID scanning software, visitor badge printers
Norwood Public School$28,000.00Interior cameras, card access devices
Old Rochester Regional School District$60,000.00Hard access door kit, security cameras and mounts, card access controller
Oxford Public School$59,111.35IP security cameras with programming
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical School$8,696.24Exterior door locks, security and ID cutout numbers
Peabody Public School$56,000.00SIELOX CLASS (crisis alert status system)
Pembroke Public School$60,000.00Card access door system
Pittsfield Public School$74,038.90Door security locking and notification system; portable radios, intercom connection to radios, portable radios, emergency bags for schools
Quabbin Regional School District$60,000.00Classroom locks
Quaboag Regional School District$34,900.00Portable analog/digital radios, repeaters, and Public Safety Link
Quincy Public School$30,000.00Exterior Door Locks for Access Control
Rockport Public School$29,526.00Key card door locking access systems
Salem Public School$80,000.00Wireless security system for exterior doors
Scituate Public School$24,476.00Exterior doors and hardware, video cameras and panic alarms
Shrewsbury Public School$70,000.00Communications system
Silver Lake Regional School District$80,000.00Single entry front access door locks, interoperable communications equipment, security cameras, large stop the bleed kits
Sizer School, A North Central Charter Essential School$38,437.00Door locks /panic bars and security cameras
Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School$25,469.45Stop the bleed tourniquets, radios and wiring system
Somerset Berkley Regional School District$60,000.00Video surveillance equipment, wall-mounted trauma kits, and panic buttons
Somerset Public School$45,000.00Video surveillance equipment and panic buttons
Somerville Public Schools$48,148.67Surveillance video cameras, network switch
South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School$78,375.83Exterior security doors
Southbridge Public School$33,500.00Video surveillance cameras and network video storage
Springfield Public School$63,500.00Rave Mobile Panic Button Communication Platform
Sudbury Public School$41,550.46Walkie talkies
Sunderland Elementary School District$35,000.00Hardware, access control system
Swampscott Public School$54,884.70Exterior electromagnetic door locks, internal electromagnetic door locks
Tantasqua Regional School District$36,400.00Additional security cameras
Taunton Public School$58,500.00Security cameras & Avigilon Network Recording Systems
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The Edgartown School$21,357.00Electronic active shooter detection, reporting system
Topsfield Elementary School District$34,916.38Digital video surveillance systems
Triton Regional School District$80,000.00Upgraded door access system, two-way portable hand held radios
Up Island Regional School District$35,000.00Lockdown & Emergency Response Kits, security shades, door locks
Uxbridge Public School$60,000.00Exterior doors, locks and single entry door & security cameras
Veritas Preparatory Charter School$67,816.00Exterior doors & security systems
Wachusett Regional School District$43,846.00Security cameras, emergency Go-Buckets
Wakefield Public School$61,713.67Surveillance system, active shooter detection system in the district
Webster Public School$60,184.82Surveillance cameras
Westford Public School$40,000.00Door locks
Westport Community School$59,675.70Security locks, first aid trauma kits, installation
Westwood Public School$60,000.00Door locks
Weymouth Public School$78,358.32Single point access security entrances with keyless fob, access updated security cameras, panic button, single entry door locks
Whately Elementary School$25,000.00Door structures, locking hardware, access control system
Whitman Hanson Regional School District$60,000.00Locks for classroom doors, security card access for exterior doors, upgrade hardware and software
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School$60,000.00Intercom system, security communication system
Wilmington Public School$19,735.00Key-lock system
Winchendon Public School$58,615.00Single entry electronic door locks, security cameras, and alarm tie-ins
Woburn Public School$69,676.98Electronic hardware on exterior doors
Worcester Public School$80,000.00Locks & cameras for classrooms
Wrentham Public School$10,712.50Active Intruder Communication System

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