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IEMA Offering $25 Million in School Security Grants

Updated: Friday, January 31 2014, 11:05 PM CST
There's $25 million up for grabs, and with the money designated for
Illinois schools in need of security upgrades, it's a competitive race.

The
Illinois Emergency Management Agency says public school districts,
community colleges, and state universities can all apply for these
grants. But they must show that they've already installed things like
reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass and heavy-duty locks at school
entrances.

For their part, District 186 tells us they have
plans for doing much more than just complying with the basic state
safety criteria.

"Especially outside the main entrances,"
District 186 Director of School Support Rick Sanders said. "Camera
equipment, which many of our schools have already. In some cases, we'd
like to see that around the perimeter."

Grant applications are due by March 14. School districts, colleges, and universities will then be evaluated.

IEMA
says they're not sure yet how many school districts or schools will
benefit from the grant, but they've already received quite a bit of
interest statewide. IEMA Offering $25 Million in School Security Grants


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