After a long application process… the winners!

Securing an ADE grant under the School Safety Program was no easy task for any school district.

The total grant money available was only $911,000 and was limited to purchasing security hardware, which was defined as door and gate locks, intercom systems, public address systems, security alarms and lighting, perimeter fencing, and surveillance cameras and monitors.

The rules for applying for grant money was not announced until Dec. 13, 2013, and the request applications had to be filed by Jan. 31, 2014.

On applications, school districts had to provide detailed descriptions of what security projects they wanted to perform along with the estimated cost. They had to list the types of hardware needed, quantity of each, and the location each would be installed on all school campuses. Districts had to explain how the hardware supports their emergency response plans and the hazards that could trigger such an emergency.

As ADE wanted the grant-receiving schools to get the most protection for the cost, districts had to provide on the applications evidence of the effectiveness of the purchased systems, and the systems’ ties to local police and fire departments. Timelines for system installations had to be provided in advance.

Grant recipients were announced on April 1. ADE would provide the funds in four monthly installments from April through July. All security improvement work has to be completed by July 31 with the winning districts having to file reports on the installations and how the systems were working by Oct. 29, 2014.

The 10 winning school districts and the sums they received are:

Globe Unified School District – $61,560

Washington Elementary (Glendale) – $99,857

Yuma Elementary School District – $93,110

Oracle Elementary School District – $9,889

Fowler Elementary (Phoenix) – $87,327

Tombstone Unified School District – $99,634

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School – $99,992

Chinle Unified School District – $99,966

Superior Unified School District – $98,550

Friendly House – $100,000

ADE defines a safe school as one that is free from violent and criminal behaviors and allows staff, students and community members to feel connected to the school and able to participate in its major functions – teaching and learning. Violent or criminal behaviors at school compromise the learning environment and put health and safety in jeopardy.

James Hodl (12 Posts)

James J. Hodl is a career journalist who has worked for newspapers, magazines and trade journals. A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, Hodl began his career as a reporter with the Palatine (IL) Herald and the Morton Grove (IL) Review before becoming editor of the trade publication Appliance Service News. In recent years, Hodl has had articles published in Consumers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Home Remodeling, Kitchens & Baths and Salute; and has contributed to trade publications serving the home furnishings, restaurant and casino markets. A native of Chicago, Hodl relocated to San Tan Valley in 2013.


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