Fairborn City Schools has been awarded up to $35,000 by the Ohio School Facilities Commission to upgrade and improve security at each of the district’s five buildings.
The district will receive up to $2,000 for each building for an emergency communications system and $5,000 for each building to purchase a security entrance system that consists of a security camera, intercom and remote access equipment.
Fairborn expects to receive the funds by the end of the month, said Ed Gibbons, the district’s director of business affairs.
“This is a great thing coming to us at a real critical time when we really need to get these communication and security systems in our buildings,” Gibbons said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to have some funds to help us with this.”
In the past few years, school districts have tightened their focus on improving security measures in the wake of several mass school shootings, most notably in Newtown, Conn., and Chardon near Cleveland.
Fairborn Superintendent Dave Scarberry said the district has not had any security issues this school year thus far.
“Safety is the No. 1 priority right now,” Scarberry said. “People say it won’t happen here, but it happens everywhere. And unfortunately, it seems to be happening more. (The grant money) gives us a leg up on that situation.”
Fairborn is in the process of collecting quotes to install a security entrance system at Baker Middle School.
Earlier this year, security systems were installed at the other four buildings — the high school, intermediate building, primary school and Wright campus. The district will be refunded up to $5,000 for each building, Gibbons said. At least $5,000 was spent for each system, he said.
“We always want to have our buildings the safest they can be,” Gibbons said. “This helps us provide that little bit of extra security we need to keep our students and staff safe.”
Fairborn has an enrollment of 4,300 students.
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