Michigan District Will Use Grant to Fortify Entryways

Michigan District Will Use Grant to Fortify Entryways

"Every exterior door will have electronic sensors, which will alert principals and staff in real time, letting them know when a door gets opened, or has been left ajar," Blaszkowski said.

Roseville Community Schools plans to use a school safety grant from the state of Michigan to fortify entryways on district campuses.

Roseville’s award of $243,078 from the Competitive School Safety Grant Program was the highest amount in the non-matching funds grant category of all recipients in Macomb County. The award was part of the $25 million granted to Michigan school districts from the Michigan State Police.

The grant will allow Roseville schools to add security measures to their schools’ doors, according to Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski.

"Every exterior door will have electronic sensors, which will alert principals and staff in real time, letting them know when a door gets opened, or has been left ajar," Blaszkowski said.

The district will use funds to increase installation of card readers at campus exterior entrances.

"This will reduce the use of keys that can create a security risk, if lost or stolen, and give the ability to deny access using software and key cards instead of traditional keys," Blaszkowski said.

Campuses will also label exterior doors so first responders can more quickly find entrances in case of an emergency.

"Safety is always a top priority, and anything we can do to make our buildings safer is always important to us,” Blaszkowski said.

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