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MASD gets $25,000 grant for radios to improve safety

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 10/10/18

Middletown Area School District has been awarded a state grant that it will use to buy 11 two-way radios to improve safety.

The district applied for $25,000 and was awarded the full cost of the …

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MASD gets $25,000 grant for radios to improve safety

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Middletown Area School District has been awarded a state grant that it will use to buy 11 two-way radios to improve safety.

The district applied for $25,000 and was awarded the full cost of the radios — $24,079 — through the Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant for Equipment announced Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The special radios — costing $2,189 each — will provide district personnel with instant access to the Dauphin County dispatch center and to first responders in case of an emergency, Superintendent Lori Suski told the Press & Journal in an email.

The radios also enable county-wide communication between school districts that have the radios in case of an emergency.

The grant was part of $8.4 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants that the state awarded to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers.

The district is preparing another safety and security-related grant application to be submitted Oct. 12, Suski said. The grant would guarantee $25,000 to the district, with the possibility of more funds being awarded on a competitive basis.