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Gov. Murphy signs legislation allocating school security project grants under the ‘Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act’

NEW JERSEY – Governor Murphy Wednesday signed legislation (A-6258/S-4309) that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in New Jersey school districts.

The funding will be allocated to the installation of silent panic alarms to alert law enforcement during an emergency as required by Alyssa’s Law, as well as other school security upgrades.

“The safety and well-being of students and educators across our state is one of our top priorities. By investing in school security, we are also investing in healthy and safe learning environments,” Murphy said. “This funding will help many schools make necessary security enhancements to their facilities.”

“We share a common goal in New Jersey of ensuring our students and staff are in safe and secure learning environments,” said Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of Education. “The funding that is being announced today is one important piece that helps New Jersey continue to achieve that goal.”

Primary sponsors of the legislation include Assemblymembers Roy Freiman, Angela V. McKnight, and Joe Danielsen, and Senator Paul A. Sarlo.

“Equipping our schools with panic alarms will help first responders come to the aid of students and staff more quickly in the event of an emergency,” said Assemblymembers Freiman, McKnight, and Danielsen in a joint statement. “It’s sad that measures such as this are necessary. However, in these troubling times this is a prudent action to protect the well-being of our children.”

“This is an investment in the safety of school children and educators in schools across the state,” said Senator Sarlo. “The ‘panic alarms’ provide a level of silent security that we hope is never needed but is always there. State funds will allow schools to install the system.”

The following districts will receive grant funding:

County District Name Grant Amount
Bergen BERGEN CO SPECIAL SERVICE $         33,785.00
Bergen CARLSTADT-EAST RUTHERFORD $         31,890.00
Bergen ELMWOOD PARK $       144,169.00
Bergen PARK RIDGE BORO $         66,603.00
Bergen TEANECK TWP $       195,484.00
Burlington BEVERLY CITY $         20,000.00
Burlington MANSFIELD TWP $         27,580.00
Burlington MAPLE SHADE TWP $       120,524.00
Burlington NEW HANOVER TWP $         20,000.00
Camden BERLIN TWP $         16,653.00
Camden CLEMENTON BORO $         25,035.00
Camden COLLINGSWOOD BORO $       119,721.00
Camden LAUREL SPRINGS BORO $         20,000.00
Camden LAWNSIDE BORO $            4,500.00
Camden OAKLYN BORO $         20,000.00
Camden SOMERDALE BORO $         26,289.00
Camden WATERFORD TWP $         38,750.00
Cape May LOWER CAPE MAY REGIONAL $         73,761.00
Cumberland HOPEWELL TWP $         25,913.00
Essex ESSEX CO ED SERV COMM $         20,000.00
Essex ESSEX CO VOC-TECH $       154,755.00
Essex ESSEX FELLS BORO $         20,000.00
Essex IRVINGTON TOWNSHIP $       352,329.00
Essex LIVINGSTON TWP $       184,230.00
Essex MONTCLAIR TOWN $       377,768.00
Essex NUTLEY TOWN $       228,171.00
Hudson EAST NEWARK BORO $         20,000.00
Hunterdon HUNTERDON CO ED SERV COMM $            2,949.00
Mercer EWING TWP $       191,033.00
Middlesex CRANBURY TWP $         24,819.00
Middlesex METUCHEN $       128,387.00
Monmouth ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS BORO $         20,000.00
Monmouth MILLSTONE TWP $         55,460.00
Monmouth NEPTUNE CITY $         20,000.00
Monmouth NEPTUNE TWP $       205,044.00
Monmouth OCEAN TWP $       189,594.00
Monmouth SHREWSBURY BORO $         25,305.00
Monmouth UNION BEACH $         28,078.00
Morris MORRIS COUNTY VOCATIONAL $         93,869.00
Morris RANDOLPH TWP $       261,862.00
Salem SALEM CO VOCATIONAL $         49,699.00
Somerset FRANKLIN TWP $       382,358.00
Somerset MONTGOMERY TWP $       267,839.00
Sussex STANHOPE BORO $         20,000.00
Sussex SUSSEX-WANTAGE REGIONAL $         54,378.00
Sussex WALLKILL VALLEY REGIONAL $         38,898.00
Union CRANFORD TWP $       218,811.00
Union GARWOOD BORO $         20,172.00
Warren ALLAMUCHY TWP $         23,012.00
Warren ALPHA BORO $         20,000.00
Warren BLAIRSTOWN TWP $         23,356.00
Warren FRANKLIN TWP $         20,000.00
Warren FRELINGHUYSEN TWP $         16,182.00
Warren GREAT MEADOWS REGIONAL $         34,329.00
Warren HOPE TWP $            1,549.00
Warren LOPATCONG TWP $         38,554.00
Warren MANSFIELD TWP $         31,416.00
Warren PHILLIPSBURG TOWN $       210,810.00
Warren POHATCONG TWP $         20,000.00
Warren WASHINGTON BORO $         24,858.00
Total $   5,150,531.00

Jay Edwards

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