String of recent incidents have schools rethinking security

first_imgClark County’s schools strive for safetyA new state law, Senate Bill 5197, provides $10 million for upgraded technology to expedite the response and arrival time of law enforcement to schools in emergencies. The program is being overseen by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.“We’re finalizing a grant program around this,” said Scott Black, a program development manager at OSPI. “We’re assuming it’s a one-time appropriation.”School districts will be able to apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to upgrade school security systems for “technology that gets a school district to faster response times,” Black said. “What we’re focusing on are the outcomes: better information to law enforcement, faster.”The grant parameters will be spelled out on the OSPI website by mid-December. Districts will have until mid-March to complete a grant application. The biennial grant would be wrapped up by June 2015, Black said.On the Web:Read Senate Bill 5197 at: Washington Votes— Susan ParrishRIDGEFIELD — The final bell echoes over the campus of Ridgefield High School at 2:45 p.m. on an overcast day in early November. Students filter out of the building, passing freshly planted trees, dirt and gravel as crews work on an expansion to the building on the back of the campus. Across the street, a man wearing khaki pants and a ribbed black sweater stands, watching.last_img read more