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The Delavan-Darien School District has been awarded additional funds via the State Safety Grant for the amount of $102,708 for the 2018-19 school year at no expense for the district’s taxpayers.

Before the announcement of the 2018 School Safety Initiative Grant, the Delavan-Darien School District had already made a considerable investment in improving school safety through security cameras, intercom systems, and the Wave Plus Alert System. The primary use of the funds received will be to further harden the District’s facilities through the addition of shatterproof film on exterior entrances and classroom doors at no cost to District taxpayers. The goal of these improvements will be to slow the progress of any intruder seeking to enter the building and allow students and staff to barricade themselves in the classrooms should an intruder gain access. While we understand that this hardening may only slow a potential intruder, it will complement the District’s Wave Plus System by providing more time for law enforcement to respond and engage.

In addition, the district will install thirty-seven (37) additional security cameras in 4 of the 5 schools in order to eliminate blind spots identified by the district’s building principals and technology director. We will also install newer and upgraded classroom locks on some classroom doors to ensure that all classrooms have security grade locks.

We are thrilled to be awarded these additional funds as the safety and security of our students is a top priority for the District. A huge appreciation goes to Anthony Klein, Jim McKinney, and Brandon Curless for all their hard work to quickly expedite the bidding process and the writing of the grant.

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