Grays Harbor schools receiving $21,300 for safety upgrades
Nearly $7 million will be coming to 80 school districts to help them install emergency response systems. This includes $13,300 for Montesano and $8000 to Lake Quinault.
These new systems will decrease the time it takes for police and other first responders to arrive and react to incidents at schools.
These grants were the result of Senate Bill 5197, passed in 2013. The intent of the bill was to encourage school districts to develop new emergency response systems using “evolving technology.” Districts had until March 17 to apply.
“Student safety is a top priority,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “We’ve all seen school tragedies play out across the country. While these projects won’t eliminate safety risks at our schools, they will help us be better prepared. Many of the emergency response systems funded by these grants are first-of-their-kind.”
OSPI will work with districts to install the emergency response systems funded by the grants.