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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $7.2 Million to 143 School Districts to Improve School Safety

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  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
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Sarah Finlaw, Press Secretary, Governor's Office

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $7.2 Million to 143 School Districts to Improve School Safety

FRAMINGHAMToday, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito hosted a roundtable discussion on school safety at Walsh Middle School in Framingham and announced $7.2 million in grants awarded to more than 140 school districts across the Commonwealth to upgrade school security equipment and technology to bolster public safety resources for students and staff.  

The grant funds will enable schools to upgrade and install crucial security infrastructure, including exterior door locks, surveillance video cameras, school site alarms, interoperable communications systems and active shooter detection systems. The grants are being awarded by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in conjunction with the Executive Office of Education

Superintendents and school officials, as well as public safety officials, discussed what they are doing to keep students safe. The Governor and Lt. Governor were joined by Education Secretary James Peyser, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Undersecretary Benincasa Thorpe, as well as Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask and Framingham Fire Chief Joseph Hicks.

“These investments will provide much needed safety resources to our students and teachers in schools across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with school officials to understand how we can better protect our schools, and we are pleased to have worked with the Legislature to award this round of grants. We are hopeful that we can continue this discussion as we consider this year’s budget to build on these efforts in more communities.” 

“Our administration is grateful for the input and expertise from school superintendents, mental health experts and law enforcement officials that helped us develop a package of school safety initiatives,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “It is crucial we continue to give Massachusetts schools the resources and tools they need.”

The grant funding was included in a Fiscal Year 2018 supplemental budget proposed by the Governor and passed by the Legislature. The budget bill signed by the Governor also included $7.5 million in additional aid for school districts to hire social workers, mental health counselors and psychologists.

In July 2018, Governor Baker proposed wide-ranging school safety legislation that included funds to support school safety, strengthen mental health programs in schools and address substance misuse prevention, education and screening for students. Additionally, Governor Baker joined Lt. Governor Polito, Education Secretary James Peyser, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, and former Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett in August 2018 and met with school superintendents, principals, and local police chiefs to discuss school safety and what could be done locally to keep students safer. 

“We must think about protecting our students and teachers from the threat of violence in the classroom,” said Secretary of Education James Peyser. “By strengthening student supports, as well as upgrading security measures, we aim to do more to keep Massachusetts students safe.”

 “A safe, secure learning environment is essential to student success,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. “At a time when school violence is a major concern across the nation, these grants represent an important investment in children’s physical safety and educational development.

“As a former superintendent and school counselor, I know the importance of getting additional dollars into both building improvements and student supports,” said Commissioner Jeff Riley. “We will continue to work with superintendents to help keep students safe.

“We are honored to open our doors today in Framingham and to offer a warm greeting by our students and staff in celebration of this incredible investment,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert A. Tremblay. “Schools only become safe and secure places when our students feel that they belong. In addition to implementing the necessary infrastructure supports, we emphasize the importance of relationships so that our students feel connected to their peers and the adults in our schools.




Acton Boxborough Regional School District


Electronic access door controls

Adams Cheshire Regional School District


Cameras, aiphone IP system, access control main entrance door

Alma Del Mar Charter School


Surveillance cameras, door locks, doorbells/aiphones

Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District- Overlook Middle School


Security cameras 

Ashland Public School


Security cameras

Assabet Regional Technical High School


Rauland tele-center, intercom/paging system

Atlantis Charter School


Security cameras, radio sets, security equipment for front doors

Auburn Public School


Server replacement, new surveillance cameras

Ayer Shirley Regional School District


Repeaters, radios, FCC License

Barnstable High School


Video Surveillance System

Bellingham Public School


Re-key Memorial School, new locking mechanism

Berkley Public Schools


Perimeter security system, control access entry, LobbyGuard kiosks, camera system

Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter (BART)


Electronic key card systems, exterior door replacements

Berlin Boylston School District


Interoperability repeaters, radios, public safety links

Blackstone Millville Regional School District


Surveillance systems (card readers, IP cameras, access control)

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational School


Locks, security cameras, proximity card readers

Braintree Public School


Surveillance cameras

Bristol County Agricultural High School


Security system-visual monitoring equipment, door access controls

Brockton Public School


Door locks, video surveillance cameras

Chelmsford Public School


S2 software and server hardware, door lock nodes

Clarksburg Public School


Vestibule/double entry system w/bullet proof glass, video surveillance, access control system

Clinton Public School


Proximity card system, remote alarm system

Cohasset Middle/High School


Expand coverage of interior camera system

Community Charter School of Cambridge


Security systems

Concord Public School


Exterior cameras

Conway Grammar School


Door structures, locking hardware, access control system

Dedham Public School


Exterior door locks, security vestibule

Deerfield Elementary School


External door monitoring technology, video surveillance system

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District


Replace worn/outdated doors and locking hardware

Duxbury Public School


Security cameras, lock down emergency notification system

East Bridgewater Public/Gordon W. Mitchell School


Security equipment for doors and main entrances

Easton Public School


Update to security camera systems

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School


Electronic door system, keypads, interior/exterior cameras, lobby guard system

Farmington River Regional Elementary School


Interior and exterior video surveillance cameras

Fitchburg Public School


Upgrade to entry doors/locks, emergency exit doors

Foxboro Regional Charter School


Door locks

Foxborough Public School


Exterior door hardware, panic bars and locking control system

Framingham Public School


Active Shooter Detection

Franklin Public School


Security cameras, panic buttons, access control switches

Freetown/Lakeville Regional School District


Door access control system, restricted keyway door locks

Frontier Regional School


Integrated access control system w/card readers

Gardner Public School


Classroom door locks, security cameras, access control system

Gateway Regional School District


Single point of entry system 

Georgetown Public School


Radio systems with repeaters, replacement radios and programming

Granby Public School


New doors and locking hardware

Greater Lawrence Technical School


HDTV external network cameras, external Public announcement system, Ethernet enabled integrated external door controllers

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School


Security cameras and intercom system

Greenfield Public School


Surveillance cameras, single entry door locks

Groton-Dunstable Regional School District


Two-way radios to police and fire

Hadley Public School


Exterior doors and locks, key fob systems with single secure entry points, interior classroom door locks

Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District


Cameras, panic buttons, single point entry locking device, stop the bleed kits

Hampshire Regional School


Secure single-entry front doors, front reception window

Hatfield Public School District


Corbin door locks, install thumbscrews, repair panic bars, blue strobe light

Hingham Public School


Locking hardware with electronic access systems. Public Address systems

Holliston Public School


Exterior camera surveillance system

Holyoke Public School


Door locks, entry door vestibule, electric strikes for existing doors, bulletproof security window, exterior/interior cameras

Hopedale Public School


Door Locks, security cameras, visitor management system, RFDI scanner

Hopkinton Public School


Visitor Management System 

Hudson Public School


Security management hardware and software

Lawrence Public School


Enhanced communication security system

Lee Middle and High School


Vestibule, remote access control, security glass, locks

Leicester High School


Access control and video monitoring

Leominster Public School


Exterior doors, emergency buttons, security cameras

Leverett Elementary School


Keyless access points for entrances

Lincoln Sudbury Regional School


Dukane Communications System

Lowell Public School


Interior double doors and locks

Lunenburg Public School


Single cameras, multi focus/multi directional cameras

Lynn Public School


RAVE mobile school safety app

Malden Public School


Security cameras

Mansfield Public School


Exterior doors and locks

Marlborough Public School


Update security cameras

Martha's Vineyard Regional School District


Laminate film on interior windows, standard key locking mechanisms on interior doors

Masconomet Regional School District


Door locks and hardware

McCann Technical School/Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District


Surveillance cameras, wireless access points, POE injectors, vinyl window block out clings

Medford Public School


Security rated impact resistance film for doors, online training platform

Medway Public School


Replace classroom doorknobs/locksets

Mendon-Upton Regional School District


Security cameras and security system

Methuen Public School


Classroom door locks, surveillance cameras

Middleborough Public School


Security cameras, network server

Millbury Public  School


Replacement doors, panic buttons, double door locked security, cameras

Mohawk Trail Regional School District


Security vestibule, security cameras and equipment, blue flashing exterior warning lights, Go-kits

Monomy Regional School District


Magnetic swipe entry cards 

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School


Exterior doors and locks

Nahant Public School- Johnson Elementary


Security cameras and security system

Nantucket Public School


Motorola APX Portable radios 

Nashoba Regional School District


Public safety linking communication system, inclusive of repeaters, linking system, radios and licensing

Nashoba Valley Technical School


Electronic lock system, interior classroom locks

Natick Public School


Electronic visitor management equipment and software

New Bedford Public School


Door safety locks, retro fit door locking device

Newton Public School


Security cameras, HDMVR server

North Brookfield School


Interoperability Communication System to include phones

Northbridge Public School


Exterior door sets, new locksets for doors

Norton Public School


Cameras, buzzer systems, ID scanning software, visitor badge printers

Norwood Public School


Interior cameras, card access devices

Old Rochester Regional School District


Hard access door kit, security cameras and mounts, card access controller

Oxford Public School


IP security cameras with programming

Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical School


Exterior door locks, security and ID cutout numbers

Peabody Public School


SIELOX CLASS (crisis alert status system)

Pembroke Public School


Card access door system

Pittsfield Public School


Door security locking and notification system; portable radios, intercom connection to radios, portable radios, emergency bags for schools

Quabbin Regional School District


Classroom locks

Quaboag Regional School District


Portable analog/digital radios, repeaters, and Public Safety Link

Quincy Public School


Exterior Door Locks for Access Control

Rockport Public School


Key card door locking access systems

Salem Public School


Wireless security system for exterior doors

Scituate Public School


Exterior doors and hardware, video cameras and panic alarms

Shrewsbury Public School


Communications system

Silver Lake Regional School District


Single entry front access door locks, interoperable communications equipment, security cameras, large stop the bleed kits

Sizer School, A North Central Charter Essential School


Door locks /panic bars and security cameras

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School


Stop the bleed tourniquets, radios and wiring system

Somerset Berkley Regional School District


Video surveillance equipment, wall-mounted trauma kits, and panic buttons

Somerset Public School


Video surveillance equipment and panic buttons

Somerville Public Schools


Surveillance video cameras, network switch

South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School


Exterior security doors

Southbridge Public School


Video surveillance cameras and network video storage

Springfield Public School


Rave Mobile Panic Button Communication Platform

Sudbury Public School


Walkie talkies

Sunderland Elementary School District


Hardware, access control system

Swampscott Public School


Exterior electromagnetic door locks, internal electromagnetic door locks

Tantasqua Regional School District


Additional security cameras

Taunton Public School


Security cameras & Avigilon Network Recording Systems

Tewksbury Public - John R. Ryan Elementary School


Security system, including cameras, access/control system

The Edgartown School


Electronic active shooter detection, reporting system

Topsfield Elementary School District


Digital video surveillance systems

Triton Regional School District


Upgraded door access system, two-way portable hand held radios

Up Island Regional School District


Lockdown & Emergency Response Kits, security shades, door locks

Uxbridge Public School


Exterior doors, locks and single entry door & security cameras

Veritas Preparatory Charter School


Exterior doors & security systems

Wachusett Regional School District


Security cameras, emergency Go-Buckets

Wakefield Public School


Surveillance system, active shooter detection system in the district

Webster Public School


Surveillance cameras

Westford Public School


Door locks

Westport Community School


Security locks, first aid trauma kits, installation

Westwood Public School


Door locks

Weymouth Public School


Single point access security entrances with keyless fob, access updated security cameras, panic button, single entry door locks

Whately Elementary School


Door structures, locking hardware, access control system

Whitman Hanson Regional School District


Locks for classroom doors, security card access for exterior doors, upgrade hardware and software

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School


Intercom system, security communication system

Wilmington Public School


Key-lock system

Winchendon Public School


Single entry electronic door locks, security cameras, and alarm tie-ins

Woburn Public School


Electronic hardware on exterior doors

Worcester Public School


Locks & cameras for classrooms

Wrentham Public School


Active Intruder Communication System


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