How to Fund K-12 School Security Improvements

Here are the conventional and unconventional methods one Ohio district used to pay for its security and emergency preparedness upgrades.

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Prompted by the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting, school districts around the nation are scrambling to improve their security. They are looking for both short-term fixes and long-term solutions.

The good news is there are many solutions available today; be they increasing the presence of school resource officers (SROs), adding counselors, improving access control or increasing training of campus staff and teachers. The bad news? Many district officials don’t know where to find funds for these improvements.

In this podcast, Gary Sigrist, Jr., who was formerly the REMS project director for the South-Western City Schools and is currently vice president of Impact America, describes the traditional ways his district paid for their upgrades, such as grants, taxes and bonds, as well as non-traditional approaches, such as partnerships with local businesses and law enforcement. He also discusses the pros and cons of President Barack Obama’s school safety proposal, which was unveiled last week.

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Robin Hattersley Gray
Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach. Twitter: @RobinHattSmiles www.LinkedIn.com/In/RobinHattersleyGray
Contact Robin Hattersley Gray: rhattersley@ehpub.com
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Access Control, Emergency Preparedness, Funding & Grants, REMS, Sandy Hook Elementary School, School Security, SROs

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