Governor Quinn Announces $25 Million in Grants
to Enhance Security at Schools, College Campuses
Recipients include three Logan County
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[May 06, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn has
announced grant awards totaling $25 million to enhance security at
448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community
colleges and state universities in Illinois. The grants will support
1,312 projects, including reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass,
physical locks and other security measures that will enhance safety
for students, staff and visitors.
“Nothing is more important in Illinois than keeping our schools
safe,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “These projects will strengthen
security at main entry points, providing school personnel with
critical moments to alert law enforcement, activate plans to protect
students and save lives.”
In Logan County three schools will recieve grant funding:
Lincoln CHSD 404 Logan 1 $21,100.00
Lincoln ESD 27 Logan 3 $29,445.00
Mt Pulaski CUSD 23 Logan 2 $9,000.00
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) announced the
Illinois School and Campus Safety Grant Program earlier this year.
Only one application per school district or college campus was
accepted, although an application could include multiple projects.
IEMA received grant applications totaling more than $54 million from
623 school districts and campuses.
More than two dozen individuals assisted with criteria development,
review and evaluation of the applications, which included nearly
2,200 projects. These subject matter experts included
representatives from state and local emergency management, academia,
law enforcement, private security and school security.
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“Our top priority for funding was to help schools
establish a baseline security capability through such measures as
reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass and physical locks at
primary public entrances,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.
“These are the types of security enhancements experts say can buy
valuable time for schools to implement emergency plans.”
[Text received; The office of
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn]