The Will County Board announced it received $500,000 in federal funding to improve security and safety in seven facilities within Homer Community School District 33-C.
“We’re very pleased that our grant for school safety improvements was accepted by the U.S. Attorney General’s office,” Will County Board member Mike Fricilone, R-Homer Glen, said in a news release.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office and the Lockport Police Department, area fire departments and Homer 33-C personnel worked to identify deficiencies at the seven facilities. The upgrades to be made include vestibules, card reader devices for access control, intercom installation, upgraded public announcement systems and architectural changes to prevent unauthorized people from gaining access, according to the release.
“The improvements that will be made to these facilities will go a long way toward ensuring that children are safe while they are at school,” county board and Public Health and Safety Committee member Beth Rice, D-Bolingbrook, said in the release. “We’re glad that our grant application was accepted, and we will continue to seek resources to ensure that all of our public facilities are safe.”
The total budget for the improvement project is $1.38 million. The $500,000 is a federal match. Homer 33-C will fund the remaining amount of $880,913. The grant is available through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services as part of its 2018 COPS STOP School Violence: School Violence Prevention Program.
“The improvements to our building are pivotal in providing a safe learning environment for our students,” District 3-C Superintendent Craig Schoppe said. “I look forward to more innovative funding approaches in the future.”