Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation 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 60 New Jersey school districts. The only school district to receive any of the funding is East Newark, which will be getting $20,000.
One of the prime sponsors of the legislation is Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-District 31) of Jersey City.
Governor Murphy, in a statement, said, “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. This funding will help many schools make necessary security enhancements to their facilities.”
One of the things the grant could pay for are silent panic alarms. Assemblywoman McKnight, in a joint statement with the bill’s other sponsors, stated, “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. 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.”