FORT JENNINGS — Jennings schools will receive more than $24,000 in grant funding that will be used to install a security camera system and a secure key card system.
Jennings is one of seven other Ohio school districts and two private schools who will share $243,000 to enhance their safety and security under an expanded grant safety program launch last year by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.
The $24,698.83 grant ends up totalling $32,000, with a three-to-one match where the school system will pay a third of the grant. The school applied in early November for the grant funding and were notified the program was available.
The school updated its security cameras this past summer to a new system with 48 cameras throughout the building, according to Nick Langhals, Jennings schools superintendent and high school principal. The grant will allow the district to install security camera monitors for staff to have the capability to monitor the school on a 24 hour basis. The monitors will be located in the school offices.
The school already has a secure key card system at the front entrances of the school.
“What we did was we installed them on our wings to allow us to lock down the building during the day even more than we were,” Langhals said. He said that will allow students and staff to use the cards in other parts of the building. There also was a key card system that will added in the old school so there will be a new system at that school where athletic events and practices are held.
Bids were gathered from companies for the grant, and Northwest Security in Lima will be the contractor.
“We have to wait approximately eight weeks before we receive the funds. Once we have the funds, we will have 90 days to get all of the projects started and completed,” Langhals said.
He spoke about the importance of having safety measures in place for the school.
“We started several years ago updating different security features in the school. This summer was a big push to install the new security camera system, door locking devices on all of the classrooms and more key cards at the same time,” Langhals said. First-aid kits also were purchased for all classrooms.
He said school safety is somethings schools need to be prepared for and need to think ahead.
“If you’re not prepared, you are not doing it properly and providing a safe environment for kids,” Langhals said. The ultimate goal is to provide the students and staff with a safe educational environment.
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