In late March, the City of Amesbury applied for the Safer Schools and Communities Initiative Local Equipment and Technology Grant, and was recently notified that we received a $50,000 grant! The grant is administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“I’d like to thank Representative James Kelcourse for bringing this grant opportunity to my attention after we discussed my priorities for state funding with him and Senator Diana DiZoglio. We had to turn the application around quickly and Representative Kelcourse worked hard on our behalf to make sure we could submit our application. I’m thankful to have Representative Kelcourse and Senator DiZoglio working on Amesbury’s behalf for state funding and support," stated Mayor Kassandra Gove.
This grant opportunity comes from the $1.9 million that was approved in the FY2018 state budget to allow school districts to solicit one-time grant funding to enhance school security in regards to the safety of students and staff. The City of Amesbury and the Amesbury Public Schools will utilize these funds to support installation and upgrading of security systems in all Amesbury Public School buildings. The grant will fund a portion of the total cost of this effort.
As Superintendent Jared Fulgoni said, “This grant is another meaningful step in our efforts to not only improve the physical security of our schools, but to help us establish a safe and supportive learning environment for the students.”
Chief Scholtz, who will work with the schools on this project, said "Our priority within schools is the safety of the students, faculty and visitors. The ability to replace aged and defective security systems in the schools will positively affect our ability to monitor the buildings. The replaced technology will assist in reducing response time for staff and police, while discouraging security threats and acts of violence."
Representative James Kelcourse, who alerted us about the grant said, "Our office was pleased to work with the Baker-Polito Administration and the Mayor's office to secure the maximum amount of funding under the grant program for the City of Amesbury. The addition of new security equipment at Amesbury Public Schools will enhance student and staff safety. This is good news for the school district."
“A safe and secure learning environment is absolutely essential to our students’ success. This investment will greatly help Amesbury Public Schools in its mission to keeping our students safe. Thank you to Mayor Gove and all of our local officials and law enforcement for your continued commitment to the protection of our students and teachers,” stated Senator Diana DiZoglio after learning about the grant award.