School Increases Scores, Earns Grant

RYAL SCHOOL IN RURAL Oklahoma is unique. Serving grades pre-K through 8, its population is almost 90 percent Native American and 100 percent of their students qualify for free and reduced lunches. With this comes certain distinct challenges, but they also face the same hurdle that every school faces: increasing test scores. In 2010, Ryal was outfitted with Audio Enhancement systems in every classroom, allowing the students to hear their teachers more clearly. They continue to experience the benefits of sound enhancement today, including reduced teacher vocal fatigue and absenteeism. The Audio Enhancement component was a crucial part of the strategy to increase student performance.
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Grant Awarded to Hazlet Schools – October 12, 2011

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HAZLET, NJ – At its October 6th regional sub fund meeting, the Hazlet Township Public Schools was awarded a safety grant in the amount of $14,768.84 by the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group (NJSBAIG). The grant rewards the district for its commitment to risk management and must be used to invest in further safety and security-related improvements within the district. The Hazlet Township Public Schools was one of the districts presented with a grant check at the Monmouth Ocean County Shared Services Insurance Fund (MOCSSIF) meeting.
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South Brunswick BOE Receives $22k Grant from NJ School Boards Association Insurance Group – October 12, 2011

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At its October regional members meeting, the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group (NJSBAIG) awarded the South Brunswick Board of Education a safety grant check in the amount of $22,293. The grant money must be used to invest in safety and security-related improvements within the district.

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Colorado $41.5 Million Fund Available for School Safety Communications – Feb 07, 2011


DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – February 7, 2011) – At the School Safety Summit held at the Colorado State Capitol on Friday, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) announced that a $41.5 million fund tied to the National School Lunch Act could be used to finance school improvements including the purchase of school emergency communications systems. The announcement to the group of 25 school safety stakeholders was made by Ted Hughes, Director of the Division of Capital Construction Assistance within CDE. Hughes explained that his office’s Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) program could finance technology that would improve communications between schools and first responders during an emergency.
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NJSBAIG to Award $4,000,000 in Safety Grants to Fund Safety and Security-Related Improvements in Schools

BURLINGTON, NJ – At its latest board meeting, the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group (NJSBAIG) board of trustees voted to award, in 2011, $4,000,000 in safety grants to members for safety- and security-related purchases and projects. This will be the third consecutive year NJSBAIG has provided safety grants to NJ public school districts. Prior to this announcement, NJSBAIG awarded $3,000,000 in grant monies in 2009 and $5,000,000 in 2010. Read More
Anne Arundel to add more school police officers – December 7, 2010
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Cape school budget revenues increase – December 7, 2010

Cape Henlopen School District’s final budget for fiscal year 2011 shows a $5 million increase in revenue over preliminary budget figures. The district expects to bring in a total $94 million and to spend $93 million. Of the total budget, $23 million, including a $3.1 million carryover, is in local, discretionary funds.
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Chester County schools to assess how to improve student security – December 06, 2010


Thirty schools across Chester County will conduct audits starting Wednesday to help determine student safety levels and how schools can improve security. The audits are a part of an effort by the emergency management services in Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties to determine what security needs districts have. Paul Thompson, director of operations for the Chester County Intermediate Unit, said grants are available for school safety improvements through the Department of Homeland Security. But schools in the five-county area cannot apply for the grants before first assessing their needs.
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Valparaiso Police Awarded $640,000 Grant for School Security – December 02, 2010

The Valparaiso Police Department was awarded $640,000 to promote safety within the Valparaiso Community Schools. The grant is part of the Secure Our School (SOS) program through the Department of Justice. Valparaiso’s grant was one of the ten highest awards nationwide. In all, the Department of Justice awarded 167 awards totaling more than $15.9 million.

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Oakland police chief lobbying to put cops in schools – December 01, 2010


OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Oakland’s Police Chief Anthony Batts is in Washington D.C. right now, lobbying for money to put more police in schools. His goal is to get federal dollars for a pilot program to make kids safer and to build positive relationships with police. Chief Batts is meeting with Senators Feinstein and Boxer as well as Congresswoman Barbara Lee and others. He is looking for money to place six officers at each of the four middle school campuses. Those schools are Frick, Madison, Westlake and Roosevelt. Each is in a different area of town and none are strangers to violence.
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Keeping Schools Safe During Tight Budget Times – August 18, 2010


Tight budgets are no excuse for failing to be proactive with school safety. In fact, school leaders must be especially committed to prevention and security programs during times when economic woes are increasing stress on kids, their families and school staff. Parents will forgive educators if their school’s test scores drop. But they are much less forgiving if their children are hurt in an incident that could have been prevented or better managed. Attorneys and the media will be equally relentless. Educators must be proactive, responsible school safety leaders even when forced to make cuts.
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Congressman Rubén Hinojosa Announces $298,135.00 Grant for McAllen I.S.D. and McAllen I.S.D. Police Department (Funding for Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Program) – August 19, 2010


Canada Views – U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced the U.S. Department of Education has awarded McAllen Independent School District and the McAllen I.S.D. Police Department $298,135.00 grant for the Readiness and Emergency Management For Schools Program. The funds will be used to strengthen the emergency management plans (Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery) in McAllen ISD schools.
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Kyrene Schools Beef Up Security – August 15, 2010


Kyrene School District is in the midst of installing and implementing a state-of-the-art security system at every district school. As one district administrator put it, “We are taking safety and security very seriously.” Video surveillance is one part in a three-pronged system, along with keyless entry to school buildings and security monitoring. The system is in place at 10 Kyrene schools thus far. Cameras are being installed on every campus, which are recording all day every day and monitored by a third-party security company. Access is limited to the principal and vice principal of the schools, a team at the Kyrene district, and an employee at Amer-X, the Scottsdale-based security company who installed the cameras.
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Detroit’s commitment to school security – August 12, 2010


The Detroit Public Schools is moving briskly forward with plans to spend nearly $42 million to improve safety for its students, faculty, and staff. The money, approved by voters in a 2009 bond measure, will add 100 security cameras to each high school, 32 in middle schools and 24 on elementary campuses. There are plans for ID badges to be issued to all students and faculty.
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