The Rome City School District will implement a number of measures to improve security at its schools, thanks to $150,000 in state funding.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says the legislative grant will enable the district to upgrade safety features for students and employees.

Brindisi says in this day and age, effective security measures are a necessity, and not an option for school districts.

The funding for the school district will go to the following projects:

  • $100,000 to install an automated lockdown system to exterior doors at various school buildings
  • $25,000 to improve exterior lighting at Clough and Stokes Middle Schools
  • $10,000 to install fencing around the Kindergarten area at Ridge Mills Elementary School
  • $10,000 to replace and relocate an existing security camera system
  • $5,000 to install a camera at the Clough Elementary School playground

“The safety and security of our children is always a top priority.  This grant provides the Rome City School District with the opportunity to expand our security measures through implementing newer technology, along with making our facilities safer with the addition of exterior lighting. On behalf of the community and the school system, it is a privilege to accept this grant,” said Peter Blake, Superintendent of the Rome City School District.