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Published January 27, 2014, 07:51 PM

Grand Forks schools get more money for security

State funding is giving Grand Forks Public Schools access to up to $215,000 for its security system.

By: Jennifer Johnson, Grand Forks Herald

State funding is giving Grand Forks Public Schools access to up to $215,000 for its security system.

Members of the Grand Forks City Council’s service and safety committee will talk about options at their meeting next month, said Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson.

Some possibilities include additional security cameras, more controlled access to buildings and an emergency button that directly notifies the police department of a threat, he said.

“We’re only considering them,” he said.

Legislation passed last year provided the state Department of Public Instruction with $3 million in safety grants to be divided among districts.

Each district that accepts the grant is eligible for $10,000 or more, depending on enrollment size, as long as each provides half of the funding.

Grand Forks is eligible for $215,000 in matched funding and has until 2016 to notify the NDDPI of its decision.

The district committee usually meets at least twice a year to review any safety or security issues. The new legislative funding “provided another incentive to get together and look at what we can improve on,” he said.

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